Open Cluster M36 (also known as Messier Object 36, Messier 36, M36, or NGC 1960) is an w:open cluster in the w:Auriga constellation. It was discovered by w:Giovanni Batista Hodierna before w:1654. M36 is at a distance of about 4,100 w:light years away from w:Earth and is about 14 light years across. There are at least sixty members in the cluster. The cluster is very similar to the Pleiades cluster (M45), and if it were the same distance from Earth it would be of similar magnitude.

Messier 36
Open cluster M36 seen in infrared light., courtesy of: [1]
Observation data (J2000.0 epoch)
Right ascension5h 36m 12s
Declination+34° 08′ 4″
Distance4.1 kly (1.3 kpc)
Apparent magnitude (V)6.3
Apparent dimensions (V)12′
Other designationsw:NGC 1960

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