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NGC 2281

In the vicinity of the star Psi 7 Aurigae lies this sparse open cluster, on the verge of naked eye visibility. It is an ancient group of stars more than 1,500 light years from the Solar System.

NGC 2281 is on the edge of the band of the Milky Way, in the eastern parts of the constellation of Auriga. It falls to the approximate southeast of Menkalinan on the Charioteer's shoulder, in the direction of Castor and Pollux in Gemini.

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