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Messier 45
Messier 45 Pleiades
Credit: NASA, ESA

M45 (Cr 42) - Pleiades

Messier 45 (Cr 42), also known as the Pleiades, is an open cluster located in the constellation Taurus, in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy in the Local Group of galaxies. M45 is 444 light years away from Earth.

M45 is best viewed during winter, is magnitude 1.6, and can be viewed with naked eye. M45 is 110' in apparent size. For reference, the full moon is 30' (arc minutes) in size.

      1. Name:
      2. Pleiades
      1. Alt name:
      1. Type:
      2. open cluster
      1. NGC or IC:
      2. Cr 42
      1. Magnitude:
      2. 1.6
      1. Viewing:
      2. naked eye
      1. Size:
      2. 110'
      1. Distance (light years):
      2. 444 LY
      1. RA:
      2. 3h 47.0m
      1. Dec:
      2. 24 07'
      1. Season:
      2. winter
      1. Milky Way location:
      2. Orion Arm
      1. Galaxy group:
      2. Local Group
      1. Contains:
      2. Maia Nebula, Merope Nebula

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