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Beehive star cluster (M44)

Beehive star cluster (M44)

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Caption

Beehive star cluster (M44), optical image. This cluster, also known as Praesepe, is one of the closest open star clusters to Earth, at a distance of just 577 light years. It is thought to have formed around 730 million years ago. It is found in the constellation Cancer.

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