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Praesepe, the Beehive Cluster (M44, NGC2632) Facts

Praesepe, the Beehive Cluster (M44, NGC2632) is an open star cluster object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of about 5,770.00 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 Star 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 from Earth, 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.

Travel Time to Praesepe, the Beehive Cluster (M44, NGC2632)

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Airbus A3807365,257,415,692.02
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2695,043,156,897.16
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.542,521,575,162.15
New Horizons Probe33,000117,256,301.49
Speed of Light670,616,629.005,770.00

Fact File

NamePraesepe, the Beehive Cluster (M44, NGC2632)
TypeOpen Star 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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