Messier 38, An Open Cluster

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Messier 38. Image Credit: Astrofoto amateaur, Via Flickr
Messier 38: At 4,200 light years from Earth Messier 38 is a loose open cluster of a few hundred stars. This cluster inhabits about 25 light years of space and is actually composed of 2 clusters passing by each other. Messier 38 can be found near the heart of the constellation Auriga and is somewhat dim. However with a small telescope around a hundred or so stars can be seen and if you look closely you may notice the 2 individual clusters that make up Messier 38. If you leave the city lights you will see even more stars and as always, a bigger telescope will also reveal additional stars.

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