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NGC 2099

Proper NameNone
Messier NumberM37
NGC/IC NumberNGC 2099
Right Ascension5h 52m 18s
Declination+32° 33' 12"
Distance4,400 light years
1,350 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +1.2
Absolute: -4.3
DiameterApparent: 24' 00"
Actual: 30 light years
Number of Stars150
Optimum VisibilityDecember / January
NotesOne of three rich open clusters that lie on the line of the Milky Way as it passes through southern Auriga, M37 contains at least five hundred stars in a region some thirty light years across.
Location of M37

Messier 37 is one of a complex of open clusters, all more than 4,000 light years away in the direction of our Galaxy's outer rim.

An open star cluster some 4,400 light years away, in the constellation Auriga.


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