The Beehive Cluster (M44)

Globulars or Open, clusters of stars can be neat viewing.
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Christopher K.
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The Beehive Cluster (M44)

Post by Christopher K. » February 9th, 2016, 5:23 pm

At magnitude 3.8, this very nice cluster (rising in the Baton Rouge sky right now, and quite high tonight by 8:15pm) is a well-known showpiece in Cancer the Crab. It is easily visible with the unaided-eye in a dark sky. This object is also known as Praesepe which is Latin for "manger".

More information:
Year-Round Messier Marathon Field Guide by Harvard Pennington, p. 104-105
http://www.daviddarling.info/encycloped ... esepe.html

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Re: The Beehive Cluster (M44)

Post by Christopher K. » May 8th, 2017, 7:49 pm

From 23 to 25 May both the Beehive and asteroid Vesta will be in the same seven-degree field-of-view, even with the Beehive centered...though one may have to off-center it to see Vesta easily.

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Re: The Beehive Cluster (M44)

Post by Christopher K. » May 29th, 2017, 6:52 pm

As soon as night arrives (9:36pm CDT), placing the waxing crescent Moon into the lower left of the FOV of a 10x binocular will also place the Beehive in the upper right. We might have to take this conjunction on faith, though. NASA forecast a fifty-eight percent chance of rain at this time.

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Re: The Beehive Cluster (M44)

Post by Christopher K. » January 30th, 2018, 4:50 pm

The Beehive Cluster will be culminating at 12:04am CST tomorrow. One may need a binocular or to use a legal pad or hand to block the moonlight for an unaided eye view. And what a night to go looking for it!

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