NGC 1850

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

NGC 1850 is an open 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. Thus, it is a cluster of stars like no known cluster of stars in our galaxy.[2]

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