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M34

NGC 1039

Proper NamesNone
Messier NumberM34
NGC/IC NumberNGC 1039
ConstellationPerseus
Right Ascension2h 42m 5s
Declination+42° 45' 42"
Distancec.1,700 light years
c.500 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +5.2
Absolute: -3.3
DiameterApparent: 35'
Actual: 17 light years
Number of Starsc. 2,000
Optimum VisibilityNovember

The thirty-fourth of Messier's objects lies in the constellation of Perseus, where it borders Andromeda. This is an open star cluster, containing less than one hundred stars, about 1,700 light years away from Earth.

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