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Proper NameTau Canis Majoris Cluster
Caldwell NumberC64
NGC/IC NumberNGC 2362
ConstellationCanis Major
Right Ascension7h 18m 41s
Declination-24° 57' 18"
Distancec.4,800 light years
c.1,500 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +3.8
Absolute: -7.1
DiameterApparent: 5'
Actual: 7 light years
Number of Starsc. 60
Optimum VisibilityJanuary / February
NotesThis populous open cluster surrounds the intensely hot and bright star Tau Canis Majoris, from which the cluster takes its common name. This young group of stars is still shrouded within the remnants of the nebulous cloud from which it formed some five million years ago.


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