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Messier 36
Messier 36 Pinwheel Cluster
Credit: NASA, ESA

M36 (NGC 1960) - Pinwheel Cluster

Messier 36 (NGC 1960), also known as the Pinwheel Cluster, is an open cluster located in the constellation Auriga, in the Perseus Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M36 is 4,300 light years away from Earth.

M36 is best viewed during winter, is magnitude 6.3, and can be viewed with binoculars. M36 is 10' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Pinwheel Cluster
      1. Type:
      2. open cluster
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 1960
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 6.3
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 10'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 4,300 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 5h 36.1
      1. Dec:
      2. 34 08'
      1. Season:
      2. winter
      1. Milky Way location:
      2. Perseus Arm
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. Local Group

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