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NGC 2421

Proper NameNone
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNGC 2421
Right Ascension7h 36m 12s
Declination-20° 37' 37"
Distancec.6,200 light years
c.1,900 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +9.0
Absolute: -2.4
DiameterApparent: 8'
Actual: 14 light years
Number of Starsc. 70
Optimum VisibilityJanuary / February
NotesA rich, though comparatively faint, open cluster in the northern parts of Puppis, lying somewhat to the south of the brighter clusters M46 and M47 in the sky. NGC 2421 is within the band of the Milky Way, and stands out against a background densely speckled with more distant stars.