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NGC 2281

HR 2496

Proper NameNone
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNGC 2281
Other DesignationsHR 2496
Right Ascension6h 48m 17s
Declination+41° 4' 42"
Distancec.1,800 light years
c.600 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +5.4
Absolute: -3.33
DiameterApparent: 25'
Actual: 13 light years
Number of Starsc. 1,100
Optimum VisibilityJanuary

In the vicinity of the star Psi 7 Aurigae lies this sparse open cluster, on the verge of naked eye visibility. It is an ancient group of stars more than 1,800 light years from the Solar System.

NGC 2281 is on the edge of the band of the Milky Way, in the eastern parts of the constellation of Auriga. It falls to the approximate southeast of Menkalinan on the Charioteer's shoulder, in the direction of Castor and Pollux in Gemini.


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