The Beehive Cluster (Open Cluster)

Image of Beehive Cluster
Red-band image from the Second Digitized Sky Survey (DSS2), measuring 60 arcminutes across.
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From Ashburn (click to change), Beehive Cluster is visible in the dawn sky, rising at 00:32 (EDT) – 6 hours and 53 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 64° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:25.

Name Beehive Cluster
Object Type Open Cluster
Other Names
Manger
Praesepe
M 44
NGC 2632
Cr 189
Mel 88
Position
Constellation:Cancer
Magnitude:3.10 (V)[1]
3.46 (B)[1]
B-V Color (mag):0.36
Right Ascension:08h40m [1]
Declination:+19°40' [1]
Distance:187.0 parsec
609.6 lightyears [1]
Derived Quantities
Absolute Mag (V):-3.26
Events
04 Oct 2018, 06:08 EDT  –  Close approach of the Moon and M44
31 Oct 2018, 11:46 EDT  –  Close approach of the Moon and M44
27 Nov 2018, 16:23 EST  –  Close approach of the Moon and M44
25 Dec 2018, 00:19 EST  –  Close approach of the Moon and M44
21 Jan 2019, 10:59 EST  –  Close approach of the Moon and M44
31 Jan 2019  –  M44 is well placed
17 Feb 2019, 22:32 EST  –  Close approach of the Moon and M44
17 Mar 2019, 09:31 EDT  –  Close approach of the Moon and M44

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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