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Southern Pleiades

Theta Carinae Cluster, C102, IC 2602

Proper NamesSouthern Pleiades, Theta Carinae Cluster
Caldwell NumberC102
NGC/IC NumberIC 2602
Right Ascension10h 42m 58s
Declination-64° 24' 0"
Distancec.1,600 light years
c.500 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +1.6
Absolute: -4.4
DiameterApparent: 1° 40'
Actual: 15 light years
Number of Starsc. 60
Optimum VisibilityMarch (Usually visible from southern latitudes)
Map of the Southern Pleiades Map of the Southern Pleiades

A cluster of more than fifty stars centred around Vathorz Posterior or Theta Carinae. At a distance of less than five hundred light years, the Southern Pleiades are relatively nearby in comparison with many star clusters, and are detectable with the naked eye.


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