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Praesepe, the Beehive Cluster (M44, NGC2632) Facts

Praesepe, the Beehive Cluster (M44, NGC2632) is an open cluster object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 5770 light years away in the constellation of Cancer.

It is referred to as M(44) when it was catalogued by Charles Messier in 18th - 19th Century France. It is also referred to as NGC(2632) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue.

The Open Cluster's location is 08:40.1 (R.A.) and +19:59 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 4.00 Magnitude with an apparent dimension of 95.0 . The object can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.

Praesepe, the Beehive Cluster (M44,NGC2632) is a open cluster. It was discovered in 260BC by Aratos. It's location is RA(08:40.1), Dec(+19:59) and its distance is calculated 0.577 light years away. Its visual Brightness is 3.7. Its apparent dimensions measured in arcmins is 95.0.

Fact File

NamePraesepe, the Beehive Cluster (M44, NGC2632)
TypeOpen Cluster
Messier Id44
NGC Id2632
Right Ascension08:40.1
Distance (Lt.Yr)5770
Apparent Dimension95.0
Visual / Apparent Magnitude4.00
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Year of Discovery260BC

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