Talk:Beehive Cluster

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The main text says that the diameter of the Beehive is 16 ly, but the table says that its radius is 16 ly. Which is it? Vegasprof 19:32, 29 October 2006 (UTC)

16 is the diameter, 8 is the radius--I fixed it.--Todd 02:36, 11 April 2007 (UTC)

Name: Praesepe[edit]

I think the primary name (i.e. the article name) should be "Praesepe" rather than the amateur astronomers alternative "Beehive", but I'm not quite sure. Some ways to examine this is by googling very carefully (just imagine the number of non-stellar beehives!), and by searching ADSABS. If the number of hits of "Praesepe" is vastly major compared to "Beehive", then the matter should be uncontroversial. Rursus dixit. (mbork3!) 12:23, 18 January 2010 (UTC)

Praesepe 583 hits
Beehive 13 hits
Google ([1]):
"Beehive" "star cluster" 6980 hits (couldn't put link here)
"Praesepe" "star cluster" 17700 hits (couldn't put link here)
Which is not a clear case ... Anyone having an opinion? Rursus dixit. (mbork3!) 12:38, 19 January 2010 (UTC)
I would prefer Praesepe. BSVulturis (talk) 16:45, 31 May 2013 (UTC)
Me too. Rothorpe (talk) 16:56, 31 May 2013 (UTC)
Me too, but that's because I'm from germany ;-) Otherwise, I would prefer 'Messier 44' as the article's main name.

By the way: Does anyone of you know where or when this name 'beehive' came up first? Andywi17 (talk) 20:22, 26 December 2016 (UTC)


The photograph accompanying this article does not represent well the appearance of M44. I believe that the photograph depicts a small portion of the cluster - the dense region around Epsilon Cancri and 42 Cancri. A wider-scale photograph would be more appropriate. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:13, 18 November 2012 (UTC)

Assessment comment[edit]

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I'm wondering why this article is called Beehive Cluster rather than Praesepe. I'm doing a pretty thorough search of the astronomical literature on this object, and every journal I consult, going back to 1927 and forward to the present day, refers to it as Praesepe. There may well be some demographic that prefers to call this cluster the Beehive, but as far as mentions in print, it's Praesepe. Is it possible to revise this one and make the object's primary name Praesepe? Thuvan Dihn (talk) 17:35, 12 August 2008 (UTC) This article has now been substantially revised and expanded, and I think it merits reclassification as a B class article.Thuvan Dihn (talk) 23:23, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

Last edited at 23:23, 13 August 2008 (UTC). Substituted at 09:20, 29 April 2016 (UTC)