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Messier 36

Messier 36. Atlas Image [or Atlas Image mosaic] obtained as part of the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS), a joint project of the University of Massachusetts and the Infrared Processing and Analysis Center/California Institute of Technology, funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation.

Messier 36
Observation data (J2000.0 epoch)
Constellation Auriga
Right ascension 5h 36m 12s
Declination +34° 08′ 4″
Distance 4.1 kly (1.3 kpc)
Apparent magnitude (V) 6.3
Apparent dimensions (V) 12′
Other designations NGC 1960
See also: Open cluster, List of open clusters

Open Cluster M36 (also known as Messier Object 36, Messier 36, M36, or NGC 1960) is an open cluster in the Auriga constellation. It was discovered by Giovanni Batista Hodierna before 1654. M36 is at a distance of about 4,100 light years away from Earth and is about 14 light years across. There are at least sixty members in the cluster. The cluster is very similar to the Pleiades cluster (M45), and if it were the same distance from Earth it would be of nearly similar magnitude.


* Messier 36, SEDS Messier pages

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