NGC 1850

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NGC 1850
A Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image of NGC 1850.
Observation data (J2000.0 epoch)
Right ascension 5h 8m 45s[1]
Declination −68° 45′ 42″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 9.0
Apparent dimensions (V) 3.4′
Physical characteristics
Other designations NGC 1850, ESO 056-SC070, h 2780, GC 1060
See also: Open cluster, List of open clusters

NGC 1850 is a double cluster and a super star cluster in the Dorado constellation, located in the Large Magellanic Cloud at the distance of 168,000 ly (51,510 pc). It was discovered by James Dunlop in 1826. It is an unusual cluster of stars because the distribution of its stars is like a globular cluster, but unlike the globular clusters of the Milky Way it is composed of young stars. The only similar object in the Milky Way is Westerlund 1.[2]

ESO image of NGC 1850 showing the stellar cluster and surrounding nebulosity


  1. ^ a b "NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database". Results for NGC 1850. Retrieved 2007-04-03. 
  2. ^ Gallagher & Grebel (2002). "Extragalactic Star Clusters: Speculations on the Future". Extragalactic Star Clusters, IAU Symposium. 207: 207. arXiv:astro-ph/0109052Freely accessible. Bibcode:2002IAUS..207..745G.