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NGC 1649

Proper NameNone
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNGC 1649
Right Ascension4h 38m 7s
Declination-68° 46' 43"
Distancec.159,800 light years
c.49,000 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +13.10
Absolute: -5.35
DiameterApparent: 15'
Actual: c. 700 light years
Number of StarsNot known
Optimum VisibilityDecember (Usually visible from southern latitudes)
NotesNGC 1649 is a very distant open star cluster, at some 160,000 light years from the Solar System. This associates it with the Large Magellanic Cloud, which lies at a similar distance in a similar part of the sky, but NGC 1649 is an outlying element of that small galaxy, lying several degrees from the main mass of the Magellanic Cloud the sky.

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