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 ascension05h 13m 11.7s[2]
Declination−69° 18′ 45″[2]
Apparent magnitude (V)11.4[2]
Apparent dimensions (V)1′[2]
Physical characteristics
See also: Open cluster, List of open clusters

NGC 1872 is an open cluster within the Large Magellanic Cloud in the constellation Dorado. It was discovered by James Dunlop in 1826.[3]

NGC 1872 has characteristics of both globular clusters and open clusters - 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.[3]



  1. ^ R. W. Sinnott, ed. (1988). The Complete New General Catalogue and Index Catalogue of Nebulae and Star Clusters by J. L. E. Dreyer. Sky Publishing Corporation and Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0-933346-51-2.
  2. ^ a b c d "NGC 1872". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 2007-05-02.
  3. ^ a b "NGC 1872: open or globular cluster?". Hubble Space Telescope. ESA. Archived from the original on 13 July 2015. Retrieved 13 July 2015.

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