NGC 2259

1 month 2 weeks ago - 1 month 2 weeks ago #108629 by Kinch
NGC 2259 was created by Kinch
 

This is one that I did put on FaceBook at the end of March.
Data is from Feb. 2020.
NGC 2259 is an open cluster located in the constellation Monoceros. It was discovered by the German-British astronomer William Herschel in 1787. NGC 2259 is about 3,311 pc (10,800 light years) from the solar system and the latest estimates give an age of 316 million years. The apparent size of the cluster is 3.5 minutes arc, which, given the distance, gives a maximum full size of about 11.0 light years.
NGC 2259 is the small open cluster top right in the image - I have no information (or associated name) for anything else in the image.
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1 month 2 weeks ago - 1 month 2 weeks ago #108634 by Until_then-Goodnight!
Replied by Until_then-Goodnight! on topic NGC 2259
Another beautiful image Brendan, and it was great to read the additional information on the cluster. We really are only a tiny spec on the grand scheme of things. 

Great stuff!

Clear skies,

Darren.
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