The bright star clusters Messier 47 and Messier 46 in the constellation of Puppis

This chart shows the constellation of Puppis (The Poop) and includes all the stars that can be seen with the unaided eye on a clear and dark night. This region of the sky includes some bright star clusters, chief amongst them Messier 47 (circled) and its contrasting sister cluster Messier 46. Both clusters are well seen in small telescopes, with Messier 47 having far fewer, but brighter, stars.


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About the Image

Release date:17 December 2014, 12:00
Related releases:eso1441
Size:3338 x 4278 px

About the Object

Name:M 47
Type:Unspecified : Sky Phenomenon : Night Sky : Constellation

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