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M41-1

M41 is an open stellar cluster, which maybe was already observed by Aristotle. Actually at ideal conditions it is barely visible to the naked eye. Its brightest star is the red giant M41-1, which lies near the cluster's center.

Constellation: Canis Major
Age: circa 200 million years
Distance: 2300 light-years
Spectral class: K3
Visual magnitude: 6.9
Luminosity: 700 * Sun

Back: List of big and giant stars part 2

03/11/2008

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M41
Photo: NOAO/AURA/NSF

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