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SunriseRise: 6:48  
clear_day Transit: 12:11  
SunsetSet: 17:34
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Messier 44 (Praesepe Cluster) - Open Cluster in Cancer

Altitude: -11.2°   Azimuth: 36.8°   Direction: North-East

Messier 44 is a Open Cluster in the Cancer constellation. Messier 44 is situated close to the celestial equator and, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year.

The image below is a photograph of Messier 44 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 3.62x3.62 degrees (217.2x217.2 arcmins).

Image of Messier 44 (Praesepe Cluster) - Open Cluster in Cancer star
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DSS2 image of Messier 44 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (108.6 arcmin) and minor (108.6 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Key facts about Messier 44

Messier 44
Open Cluster
Cancer

Messier 44 is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt.

Altitude: -11.2°
Azimuth: 36.8°
Direction: North-East

See also Messier 44 rise and set times.

Given its visual magnitude of 3.1, Messier 44 is visible to the naked eye under a clear and dark sky, or with the help of a small binocular.

Available Resources for Messier 44 (Praesepe Cluster) - Open Cluster in Cancer

Photometric information of Messier 44

The following table lists the magnitude of Messier 44 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).

3.46
3.1

For more information about photometry in astronomy, check the photometric system article on Wikipedia.

Apparent size of Messier 44

The following table reports Messier 44 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of Messier 44 is a visual representation of it.
108.6 arcmin
108.6 arcmin

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of Messier 44

Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of Messier 44 are provided in the following table:

08h 40m 22s
+19° 40’ 19”

The simplified sky charts below show the position of Messier 44 in the sky. The first chart has a field of view of 60° while the second one has a field of view of 10°.

Finder chart Messier 44 (Praesepe Cluster) - Open Cluster in Cancer star
Simplified finder chart for Messier 44 (Praesepe Cluster) - Open Cluster in Cancer.

Finder chart Messier 44 (Praesepe Cluster) - Open Cluster in Cancer star
Simplified finder chart for Messier 44 (Praesepe Cluster) - Open Cluster in Cancer.

Rise and set times of Messier 44 from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Messier 44 (Praesepe Cluster) - Open Cluster in Cancer rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom edit_location_alt are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 70.3°
Max altitude: 58.2°
Azimuth: 289.7°