Messier 47

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Messier 47
M47a.jpg
Observation data (J2000.0 epoch)
Right ascension 07h 36.6m
Declination -14° 30′
Distance 1.6 kly (490 Pc)
Apparent magnitude (V) 4.2
Apparent dimensions (V) 30.0′
Physical characteristics
Radius 6
Estimated age 78 million years
Other designations NGC 2422
See also: Open cluster, List of open clusters

Open Cluster M47 (also known as Messier Object 47 or NGC 2422) is an open cluster in the constellation Puppis. It was discovered by Giovanni Batista Hodierna before 1654 and independently discovered by Charles Messier on February 19, 1771.

There is actually no cluster in the position indicated by Messier, which he expressed in terms of its right ascension and declination with respect to the star 2 Puppis. However, if the signs of Messier's coordinate differences are changed, the position matches that of NGC 2422.[1]

M47 is at a distance of about 1,600 light-years from Earth with an estimated age of about 78 million years. There are about 50 stars in this cluster, the brightest one being of magnitude +5.7.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Houston, Walter Scott (2005). Deep-Sky Wonders. Sky Publishing Corporation. ISBN 1-931559-23-6. 

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Coordinates: Sky map 07h 36.6m 00s, −14° 30′ 00″