Messier 38 - Open Cluster
Messier 38 is a Open Cluster in the Auriga constellation. Messier 38 is situated north of the celestial equator and, as such, it is more easily visible from the northern hemisphere.
Photometric information of Messier 38
The following table lists the magnitude of Messier 38 in different bands of the electomagnetic spectrum (when available), from the B band (445nm wavelength, corresponding to the Blue color), to the V band ( 551nm wavelength, corresponding to Green/Yellow color), to the J, H, K bands (corresponding to 1220nm, 1630nm, 2190nm wavelengths respectively, which are colors not visible to the human eye).
For more information about photometry in astronomy, check the photometric system article on Wikipedia.
Apparent size of Messier 38The following table reports Messier 38 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of Messier 38 is a visual representation of it.
Digitized Sky Survey image of Messier 38
The image below is a photograph of Messier 38 from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins).
Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Messier 38
Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of Messier 38 are provided in the following table:
The simplified sky charts below show the position of Messier 38 in the sky. The first chart has a field of view of 60° while the second one has a field of view of 10°.