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Messier 44
Messier 44 Beehive Cluster
Credit: NASA, ESA

M44 (NGC 2632) - Beehive Cluster

Messier 44 (NGC 2632), also known as the Beehive Cluster, is an open cluster located in the constellation Cancer, in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M44 is 610 light years away from Earth.

M44 is best viewed during early spring, is magnitude 3.7, and can be viewed with naked eye. M44 is 95' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Beehive Cluster
      1. Alt name:
      1. Type:
      2. open cluster
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. NGC 2632
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 3.7
      1. Viewing:
      2. naked eye
      1. Size:
      2. 95'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 610 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 8h 40.1m
      1. Dec:
      2. 19 59'
      1. Season:
      2. early spring
      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.