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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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