Messier Index/M50< Messier Index
|Observation data (w:J2000 epoch)|
|Right ascension||07h 03.2m|
|Distance||3.2 kly (1 kpc)|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||5.9|
|Apparent dimensions (V)||16.0′|
|Other designations||NGC 2323|
Messier 50 (also known as M 50 or NGC 2323) is an w:open cluster in the w:constellation w:Monoceros. It was perhaps discovered by G. D. Cassini before w:1711 and independently discovered by w:Charles Messier in w:1772. M50 is at a distance of about 3,000 w:light-years away from w:Earth. It is described as a 'heart-shaped' figure.