Praesepe

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Praesepe

(prēsē`pē) [Lat.,=manger], open star clusterstar cluster,
a group of stars near each other in space and resembling each other in certain characteristics that suggest a common origin for the group. Stars in the same cluster move at the same rate and in the same direction.
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 in the constellation Cancer; cataloged as M44 or NGC 2632. It was first recorded by Hipparchus (c.150 B.C.). The cluster is often called the Beehive because of its shape. It contains several hundred stars, many of which are doubles. It is faintly visible to the naked eye and an excellent object for a low-power telescope.

Praesepe

(pri-see -pee) (Beehive; M44; NGC 2632) A large open cluster in the constellation Cancer with over 200 known stars. It can almost be resolved by the naked eye but is best viewed with a very low-power telescope or with binoculars.

Praesepe

 

(Beehive), an open cluster in the constellation Cancer. (SeeSTAR CLUSTER.)

Praesepe

[′prē·sə‚pē]
(astronomy)
A cluster of faint stars in the center of the constellation Cancer. Also known as Beehive; Manger.
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The relatively young age of the Beehive cluster makes these planets among the youngest known," said Russel White, the principal investigator on the NASA Origins of Solar Systems grant that funded this study.
The main standout object of the constellation is of course M44, Praesepe, or the Beehive Cluster.
The planet's pass through Cancer does not place it nicely near to Messier 44, Praesepe, or the Beehive cluster as it is also known, being some 3[degrees] distant at its closest around February 8, but it could make an interesting photo opportunity for a wide field shot, and should be a nice binocular view.
On the 29th, the waxing lunar crescent hangs 3[degrees] lower left of M44, the Beehive Cluster.
Finally, on the last night of the month, it hovers on the western outskirts of the Beehive Cluster.
The bees of spring are represented by the many individual stars of Cancer's Beehive cluster, but the birds of spring by just one bird Corvus, the Crow.
On the morning of November 1st (night of October 31st), watch the ochre world drift in front of the sprawling Beehive Cluster.
Venus then approaches M44, the Beehive Cluster, and on the American evenings of June 13th and 14th, it appears less than 1[degrees] of the cluster's center.
JAN 5 The Moon passes 1[degrees] north of the Beehive Cluster (M44) in Cancer (2 a.
Let's start with the constellation's finest object, M44--also known as the Beehive Cluster.
Although Cancer is a dim constellation, it contains one of the northern sky's best binocular sights: M44, otherwise known as the Beehive Cluster.