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Double Cluster

Sword Handle, Chi/h Persei, NGC 869 & NGC 884

Relative Galactic Position of the Double Cluster

The galactic position of the Double Cluster, Chi/h Persei. The h cluster is a little nearer to Earth than the Chi element, but on the scale of this diagram, the two clusters effectively occupy the same space.

A famous pairing of relatively bright open clusters in the constellation of Perseus. Though both clusters are distant from Earth (more than 7,000 light years), they lie less than one hundred light years from one another.

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