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Messier 34
Messier 34
Credit: NASA, ESA

M34 (NGC 1039)

Messier 34 (NGC 1039) is an open cluster located in the constellation Perseus, in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M34 is 1,500 light years away from Earth.

M34 is best viewed during winter, is magnitude 5.5, and can be viewed with naked eye (barely). M34 is 35' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      1. Type:
      2. open cluster
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 1039
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 5.5
      1. Viewing:
      2. naked eye (barely)
      1. Size:
      2. 35'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 1,500 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 2h 42.0m
      1. Dec:
      2. 42 47'
      1. Season:
      2. winter
      1. Milky Way location:
      2. Orion Arm
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. Local Group

    * The naked eye can see up to magnitude 8 objects under ideal dark sky conditions.