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Trapezium Cluster

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The Trapezium Cluster is a young open star cluster located in the centre of the Orion Nebula (M42).

The cluster has an apparent magnitude of 4.0 and lies at a distance of 1,600 light years from Earth. It occupies an area of only 47 arc seconds of apparent sky.
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Messier 38: Starfish Cluster

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Messier 38 (M38), also known as the Starfish Cluster, is an open star cluster located in the northern constellation Auriga.

The cluster lies at a distance of 4,200 light years from Earth. With an apparent magnitude of 7.4, it is invisible to the naked eye. M38 has the designation NGC 1912 in the New General Catalogue.
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Messier 37

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Messier 37 (M37) is an open cluster in the constellation Auriga. It has the designation NGC 2099 in the New General Catalogue.

Messier 37 is the brightest, richest and largest of the three open clusters in this constellation that were catalogued by Messier. The cluster has an apparent magnitude of 6.2 and lies at a distance of 4,511 light years from Earth.
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Messier 36: Pinwheel Cluster

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Messier 36 (M36), also known as the Pinwheel Cluster, is an open cluster located in the northern constellation Auriga, the Charioteer.

Messier 36 occupies an area of 12 arc minutes in the sky, corresponding to a linear extension of 14 light years. The cluster has an apparent magnitude of 6.3 and lies at a distance of 4,100 light years from Earth. It has the designation NGC 1960 in the New General Catalogue.
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Messier 35

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Messier 35 (M35) is a large open star cluster located in the northern constellation Gemini. The cluster consists of several hundred stars, of which 120 are brighter than magnitude 13. The central region has a density of 6.21 stars per cubic parsec.
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Messier 34

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Messier 34 (M34) is a bright, large open cluster located in the northern constellation Perseus.

The cluster lies at an approximate distance of 1,500 light years from Earth and has an apparent magnitude of 5.5. It has the designation NGC 1039 in the New General Catalogue.
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Messier 29

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Messier 29 (M29) is an open cluster located in the constellation Cygnus, the Swan. The cluster has an apparent magnitude of 7.1.

Messier 29 is too faint to be spotted by the naked eye, but can be seen in binoculars. It is best observed in telescopes at the lowest powers. The cluster lies at an approximate distance of 4,000 light years from Earth. It has the designation NGC 6913 in the New General Catalogue.
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Messier 26

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Messier 26 (M26) is an open cluster located in the constellation Scutum. The cluster has an apparent magnitude of 8.0.

Messier 26 lies at an approximate distance of 5,000 light years from Earth. Its designation in the New General Catalogue is NGC 6694. The cluster occupies an area of 15 arc minutes, corresponding to a linear diameter of 22 light years.
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