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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Open Clusters M46 and M47

Open Clusters M46 and M47
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This wide-field image shows part of the constellation of Puppis (The Poop). This region of the sky includes some bright star clusters, chief amongst them M47 (Messier 47), in the center, and its contrasting sister cluster M46 (Messier 46), near the left-hand edge, which is richer in stars but more distant. This picture was created from images forming part of the DSS2 (Digitized Sky Survey 2).
Image Credit: ESO/Digitized Sky Survey 2
Acknowledgement: Davide De Martin
Image enhancement: Jean-Baptiste Faure

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