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Beehive Cluster, M44, NGC 2632

Proper NamesPraesepe, Beehive Cluster
Messier NumberM44
NGC/IC NumberNGC 2632
Right Ascension8h 41m 18s
Declination+19° 36' 28"
Distance620 light years
190 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +3.1
Absolute: -3.3
DiameterApparent: 1° 10'
Actual: c.12 light years
Number of Starsc. 1,000
Optimum VisibilityFebruary
NotesOne of the closest open clusters to the Solar System, Praesepe fills an area almost twice the diameter of the Moon's disc in the skies of Earth, but is only faintly visible without telescopic aid.

An open star cluster in the central regions of the constellation of Cancer. It lies more than 500 light years from the Solar System, and is thought to share its origins with the Hyades in Taurus.


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