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NGC 1746

Proper NameNone
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNGC 1746
Right Ascension5h 3m 50s
Declination+23° 46' 12"
Distancec.2,500 light years
c.800 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +6.1
Absolute: -3.4
DiameterApparent: 42'
Actual: 32 light years
Optimum VisibilityDecember
NoteThough NGC 1746 was originally classified as an open star cluster, this is now thought doubtful. Rather, this association appears to be a random alignment of unrelated stars standing out against the dense starfield in this region of the sky, and it is thus properly an asterism rather than a star cluster.


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