NGC 2040

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Coordinates: Sky map 05h 36m 00.7s, −67° 34′ 57″

NGC 2040
NGC 2040.jpg
NGC 2040 is a very loose star cluster whose stars have a common origin and are drifting together through space.
Credit: ESA/Hubble, NASA and D. A Gouliermis.
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Constellation Dorado
Right ascension 05h 36m 00.7s [1]
Declination −67° 34′ 57″ [1]
Distance 160000 ly[2]
Physical characteristics
Other designations ESO 56-164, LMC RASS 247, WHHW 0536.2-6737, CAL 60, LHA 120-N 59B, RX J0536.0-6735, [FHW95] LMC B0536-6735, 2E 1469, LH 88, RX J0536.0-6736, [FPH98] LMC 44, 2E 0536.2-6736, LI-LMC 1392, 1RXS J053602.3-673502, [HP99] 551
See also: Open cluster, List of open clusters

NGC 2040 is an open star cluster located 160,000 light years away[2] in the constellation of Dorado. It is a young group of stars in one of the largest star formation regions of the Large Magellanic Cloud.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Search results for NGC 2040". Astronomical Database. SIMBAD. Retrieved 16 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Hubble Peeks inside a Stellar Cloud". ESA/Hubble Picture of the Week. Retrieved 16 April 2012.