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Messier 36 is an open cluster in Auriga, 4100 ly away (apparent size=12' and 6.3mag bright) space astrophotographyŁ

Open Cluster M36 is an open cluster in the Auriga constellation. It was discovered by Giovanni Batista Hodierna before 1654. M36 is at a distance of about 4,100 light years away from 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, and if it were the same distance from Earth it would be of similar magnitude.

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