Messier 35, Open Cluster

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Messier 35: Lying in the constellation of Gemini, Messier 35 is a fairly dense open cluster. Made up
of hundreds of stars, it was formed in a molecular cloud of hydrogen much like our Sun was. All of
these stars drift through space together and are slowly drifting apart. In fact, many of these stars will
scatter and float through space alone- save for those in a multi star system. At 2,800 light years
away, Messier 35 has an apparent magnitude of 5.3. This means that it stands up well to both
moonlight and light pollution. To find this cluster, look towards the border of Auriga, Orion, and
Gemini. Scan the area with a finderscope or binoculars until you see a fuzzy patch.

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