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Caroline’s Cluster

C58, NGC 2360

Proper NamesCaroline's Cluster
Caldwell NumberC58
NGC/IC NumberNGC 2360
ConstellationCanis Major
Right Ascension7h 18m 33s
Declination-15° 40' 8"
Distancec.3,700 light years
c.1,100 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +7.2
Absolute: -4.2
DiameterApparent: 13'
Actual: c.15 light years
Number of Starsc. 90
Optimum VisibilityJanuary / February
NotesA relatively sparse open cluster lying eastward of the stars Sirius and Muliphein within Canis Major, Caroline's Cluster is named for its discoverer, Caroline Herschel, who first noted the cluster in 1783.


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