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Messier 38
Messier 38 Starfish Cluster
Credit: NASA, ESA

M38 (NGC 1922) - Starfish Cluster

Messier 38 (NGC 1922), also known as the Starfish 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. M38 is 3,500 light years away from Earth.

M38 is best viewed during winter, is magnitude 7.4, and can be viewed with binoculars. M38 is 21' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Starfish Cluster
      1. Type:
      2. open cluster
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 1922
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 7.4
      1. Viewing:
      2. binoculars
      1. Size:
      2. 21'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 3,500 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 5h 28.7m
      1. Dec:
      2. 35 50'
      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.