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Jewel Box

Kappa Crucis Cluster, C94, Collinder 264, Melotte 114, NGC 4755

Proper NamesJewel Box, Kappa Crucis Cluster
Caldwell NumberC94
NGC/IC NumberNGC 4755
Other DesignationsCollinder 264, Melotte 114
Right Ascension12h 53m 39s
Declination-60° 21' 42"
Distancec.7,100 light years
c.2,200 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +4.2
Absolute: -7.3
DiameterApparent: 10'
Actual: 19 light years
Number of Starsc. 100
Optimum VisibilityApril (Usually visible from southern latitudes)
NotesA sparkling and prominent open cluster lying off the star Mimosa (or Becrux) in Crux, the Southern Cross. The cluster is sometimes named after Kappa Crucis, a blue supergiant star that represents the cluster's brightest member.

An open cluster lying close to the star Mimosa in the Southern Cross.

Location of the Jewel Box

The Jewel Box lies close to the border between Crux and Centaurus, not far from the star Mimosa.


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