Alpha Persei Cluster
|Alpha Persei Cluster|
|Observation data (2000.0 epoch)|
|Right ascension||03h 26.9m|
|Distance||557-650 ly (171-200 pc)|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||1.2|
|Apparent dimensions (V)||185'|
|Other designations||Cr 39, Mel 20|
The Alpha Persei Cluster, also known as Melotte 20 or Collinder 39, is an open cluster in the constellation of Perseus. To the naked eye, the cluster consists of several blue spectral type B type stars. The most luminous member is the ~2nd magnitude white-yellow supergiant Mirfak, also known as Alpha Persei. Bright members also include Delta, Epsilon, Psi, 29, 30, 34 and 48 Persei. The Hipparcos satellite and infrared color-magnitude diagram fitting have been used to establish a distance to the cluster of ~172 pc. The distance established via the independent analyses agree, thereby making the cluster an important rung on the cosmic distance ladder. The age of this cluster is about 50-70 million years.
|α Per (33 Per)||F5Ib|
|δ Per (39 Per)||B5III|
|ε Per (45 Per)||B1V|
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- Alpha Persei Moving Cluster, Mel 20
- The Alpha Persei Cluster (Mel 20)
- Spectral types in the Alpha Persei Cluster
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