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NGC 559

Proper NameNone
Caldwell NumberC8
NGC/IC NumberNGC 559
Right Ascension1h 29m 31s
Declination+63° 18' 7"
Distancec.7,800 light years
c.2,400 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +9.5
Absolute: -2.4
DiameterApparent: 9'
Actual: 21 light years
Number of Starsc. 400
Optimum VisibilityOctober / November (Usually visible from northern latitudes)
NotesA densely packed open cluster, C8 contains about four hundred stars within an region little more than twenty light years across. The distance to this cluster is open to some debate; most sources place it over 7,500 light years from the Sun, but some suggest that it may be rather closer than this.

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