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Messier 41
Messier 41
Credit: NASA, ESA

M41 (NGC 2287)

Messier 41 (NGC 2287) is an open cluster located in the constellation Canis Major, in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M41 is 2,300 light years away from Earth.

M41 is best viewed during winter, is magnitude 4.5, and can be viewed with naked eye. M41 is 38' 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 2287
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 4.5
      1. Viewing:
      2. naked eye
      1. Size:
      2. 38'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 2,300 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 6h 47.0m
      1. Dec:
      2. -20 44'
      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.