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Messier 44 also known as the Beehive Cluster. Also known in Latin as the "Praesepe" or "the manger".

The ancient Greeks and Romans saw this cluster as a manger where two donkeys were eating their hay. Eratosthenes reported that these two donkeys were the ones that Dionysos and Silenus rode into battle against the Titans. Their braying frightened the Titans enabling the gods to win and as a reward they were placed into the sky along with their manger

The Beehive Cluster, also known as Praesepe, M44, NGC 2632, or Cr 189, is an open cluster in the constellation Cancer. It is one of the nearest open clusters to the Solar System, and it contains a larger star population than most other nearby clusters. Under dark skies the Beehive Cluster looks like a nebulous object to the naked eye; thus it has been known since ancient times. The classical astronomer Ptolemy called it "the nebulous mass in the breast of Cancer," and it was among the first objects that Galileo studied with his telescope.

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