NGC 1872

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NGC 1872
NGC 1872.jpg
NGC 1872, a rich cluster of thousands of stars lying in our small neighbouring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud, 3′ view
Credit: ESA/Hubble and NASA
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Right ascension 05h 13m 11.7s[1]
Declination −69° 18′ 45″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 11.4[1]
Apparent dimensions (V) 1′
Physical characteristics
See also: Open cluster, List of open clusters

NGC 1872 is an open cluster with associated nebulosity in the constellation Dorado. It was discovered by James Dunlop in 1826.[citation needed]

With the release of a recent Hubble image there is currently debate about whether NGC 1872 is an open or globular cluster. NGC 1872 has characteristics of both — it is visually as rich as a typical globular but is much younger, and, like many open clusters, has bluer stars. Such intermediate clusters are common in the Large Magellanic Cloud.



  1. ^ a b c "SIMBAD astronomical database". Results for NGC 1872. Retrieved 2007-05-02. 

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Coordinates: Sky map 05h 13m 11.7s, −69° 18′ 45″