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Object Type:
Open Cluster
Right Ascension:
3h 47m
+24° 7'
444 light years
Capture Date:
January 26, 2022

Image Source: Scott MacNeill / Frosty Drew Observatory

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Celebration of Space - February 16, 2024

Tonight, February 16, 2024, starting about 45 minutes after sunset, the first quarter Moon and the Pleiades open star cluster (Seven Sisters) will put on a stunning celestial dance as they will be in conjunction within 1.5° visibly of each oth ... more

Celebration of Space - September 2, 2022

A Change is Happening to our Stargazing Nights Events:
Starting next Friday, September 9, 2022, and continuing into the New Year, our weekly Stargazing Nights events will require ticketed registration for visitors to gain access to ... more

Celebration of Space - February 4, 2022

On the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) front, optical alignment of the 18 mirror segments that make up the primary telescope mirror began this past week. This allowed the JWST mission team to observe the first photons of light collected by th ... more

Celebration of Space - August 13, 2021

This past week the fantastic Perseid Meteor Shower came to a peak. It was a tough couple of days with very uncomfortable conditions and the primary peak night completely fogged out. Historically speaking, the Perseid peak occurs during a diffic ... more

Celebration of Space - August 30, 2019

Hey K-12 teachers and educators, did you know that your students have a chance to name the Mars 2020 rover? Starting this past Wednesday, August 28, 2019, the contest to name the Mars 2020 rover is on. Until November 1, 2019, each student in yo ... more

Diamonds Upon Black Velvet

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane!! No, it’s a bull!!! Taurus the Bull, that is. Taurus is an easy constellation to find, and it has several objects of interest for stargazers equipped with only binoculars or a small telescop ... more