Jewel Box

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Jewel Box

(NGC 4755) A brilliant open cluster in the southern constellation Crux that contains over 100 stars of various colors, the brightest being the 6th-magnitude blue supergiant Kappa (κ) Crucis. It appears to be a young cluster of an estimated age of 10 million years, and is about 2400 parsecs away.
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Open clusters such as NGC 4755 typically contain anything from a few to thousands of stars that are loosely bound together by gravity.
I'll finish this month's column with what is easily the Southern Hemisphere's most famous open cluster: NGC 4755, better known as the Jewel Box.
The most noticeable one is the Jewel Box, NGC 4755, an open star cluster that easily ranks as one of the finest in the sky.
Also known as NGC 4755 and Caldwell 94, the cluster is about 7,000 light-years distant and is easily found a degree southeast of the brilliant 1st-magnitude star Beta ([beta]) Crucis, where it is visible to the naked eye as a hazy knot surrounding 5.
NGC 4755 lies between the Coalsack and [beta] Centauri.