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  Constellation Cancer
Galactic clusters are always found in the plane of the galaxy, embedded in the spiral arms.
M67 and its elongated cluster demonstrates how the stars are influenced by the gravity of other objects within the galactic plane and eventually lose their identity as a cluster.
This cluster is elongated in an east-west direction and there is a dark space in the middle near the eastern end.
members.tripod.com /astro1000/info/i0000022.htm   (564 words)

 Sea and Sky's Astronomy Resources: Messier Objects M41 - M50
The Beehive was given this name because to some it resembles a swarm of bees.
It is a tight cluster, containing about 50 bright stars in a region approximately 12 light years in diameter.
The cluster is easily visible to the naked eye under ideal observing conditions.
www.seasky.org /astronomy/astronomy_messier_41to50.html   (981 words)

 M44 - The Beehive Cluster   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
M44, a loose open cluster of stars, is commonly known as the Beehive cluster.
The cluster is approximately 577 light years from the Earth in the constellation Cancer.
Many of the bright stars in the cluster are grouped in threes giving it a very distinct appearance when viewed through the eyepiece of a telescope.
www.waid-observatory.com /m044-2006-04-01.html   (198 words)

 Sky Shows of Vermont -- The Sky Tonight   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
An open star cluster such as the Beehive is a group of stars, sometimes, as in the case of the Beehive or the Pleiades, numbering in the hundreds.
We assume that originally the cluster contained stars of all brightness -- of all lifetimes -- and the brightest ones have already died.
The Beehive cluster was born before the first dinosaurs lived on the Earth -- four hundred million years ago.
www.sover.net /~skyshows/beehive.html   (290 words)

 Beehive cluster glints between planets | The San Diego Union-Tribune
Ancient sky watchers used this cluster to forecast the weather.
The philosophers Aratos and Pliny both wrote that when they could see the cluster, the skies would be fair, but when they couldn't, a violent storm must be on its way.
The true nature of the Beehive was unknown until the early 17th century, when astronomers aimed the newly invented telescope in its direction.
www.signonsandiego.com /uniontrib/20040414/news_1c14star.html   (326 words)

 M44 - Open Cluster in Cancer
M44, Praesepe, also popularly termed the Beehive Cluster, is one of the largest and brightest of all open star clusters.
It is known from ancient times, but the actual nature of the cluster remained a mystery until the invention of the telescope in 1610.
When Galileo observed the Beehive through his primitive telescope, he realized with astonishment that the small nebulous object is in fact composed of myriads of small stars.
www.nightskyinfo.com /archive/m44_open_cluster   (195 words)

 Beehive Cluster - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.unc.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Beehive Cluster (also known as Praesepe (Latin for "manger"), M44 or NGC 2632) is an open cluster in the constellation Cancer.
The 730-million-year old cluster is 577 light years away; its age and proper motion coincide with the Hyades open cluster, suggesting they were created in the same diffuse nebula.
The cluster is about 16 light years in diameter and contains at least 200 stars confirmed to be bound to the cluster, out of 350 total in the vicinity.
en.wikipedia.org.cob-web.org:8888 /wiki/Beehive_Cluster   (444 words)

 Utah Symbols - State Star and the Beehive Cluster
The state astronomical symbol is the Beehive Cluster located in the constellation of Cancer the Crab.
M44, called Praesepe, or the Beehive, is located in the middle of the constellation Cancer, the Crab.
It is one of the most prominent clusters, visible to the naked eye, but better viewed with binoculars and telescopes reveal hundreds of stars.
pioneer.utah.gov /utah_on_the_web/utah_symbols/star.html   (384 words)

 NASA's Solar System Exploration: Science & Technology: Saturn, the Moon and a Swarm of Stars
Sky watchers will see the ringed planet together with the Beehive cluster, or M44, a group of stars that also make their home in the Milky Way galaxy.
The Beehive cluster, named M44 in the 18th century, has enchanted amateur astronomers for thousands of years.
Known to the ancients, the Beehive cluster is one of the few star clusters visible to the unaided eye.
solarsystem.nasa.gov /scitech/display.cfm?ST_ID=990   (351 words)

 Cancer: Heavenly Properties
In earlier times, this Cluster was also referred to as "Little Cloud" and "Little Mist" and was the basis of an early method of forecasting the weather.
The astronomers of both Ancient Greece and Ancient Arabia perceived the Beehive Cluster as the crib of the infant Jesus, with two of the nearby stars (known collectively as the "Aselli" or "Asses") on either side representing donkeys (or maybe a donkey and an ox) feeding on hay from the manger.
One of the sky's largest and finest open clusters, the Beehive is easily found with the aid of binoculars and can be spotted with the naked eye, provided one is in a dark location.
www.novareinna.com /constellation/cancerheaven.html   (583 words)

 Star Reporter: Cluster offers delightful sight - PittsburghLIVE.com
The Beehive Cluster is found in the center of the dim constellation Cancer, and is one of the more enjoyable objects to view through binoculars, though finding it can be difficult.
It is a fairly tight cluster of at least 40 stars, but the whole of the cluster cannot be seen under high magnification, making it a perfect object for your binoculars or small telescope.
Viewing it, especially with the beehive in the background, should generate a bit of a buzz between you and your friends.
www.pittsburghlive.com /x/leadertimes/s_413214.html   (567 words)

 Cosmic Voyage-The Online Resource for Amateur Astronomers   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Commonly known as the Beehive Cluster, M44 is a wonderful binocular object and is simply spectacular viewed through a short focal length refractor.
Sixty-five members of the Beehive are shown, including many 6th and 7th magnitude stars.
The origin of the moniker, Beehive, is somewhat of a mystery.
hometown.aol.com /billferris/m44.html   (227 words)

 M 44   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
This famous cluster, M44, is also called Praesepe (Latin for "manger"), or the Beehive cluster.
According to the new determination by ESA's astrometric satellite Hipparcos, the cluster is 577 light years distant (previous estimates have been at 522 light years), and its age was estimated at about 400 million years.
Probably these two clusters, although now separated by hundreds of light years, have a common origin in some great diffuse gaseous nebula which existed 400 million years ago.
www.messiermarathon.com /new_page_50.htm   (342 words)

 M44 - beehive cluster in cancer
It is not known from where the other popular name, "the beehive" originated.
Galileo was the first to resolve the cluster with the help of his telescope in 1609.
The Beehive is situated near the centre of Cancer, about halfway between Regulus in Leo and Pollux in Gemini.
www.backyard-astro.com /focusonarchive/m44/m44.html   (577 words)

 York Weekly Living/Arts: What's Up: June - Saturn and Mars closest in 30 years
This easily visible open cluster of about 200 stars known since prehistoric times, the Beehive, also known as Praesepe, or the Manger, is located about 600 light years away.
The stars in the Beehive had a common origin with the Hyades star cluster, the V-shaped group of stars that mark the face of Taurus the Bull.
June 2: Saturn is half a degree due south of the center of the Beehive Cluster tonight.
www.seacoastonline.com /news/yorkweekly/05312006/arts/105602.htm   (1230 words)

 Celestial Events -- June 2006
The cluster, also called Praesepe (the Manger) or M44 because of its appearance in Charles Messier's catalogue, is passed by two planets, which then pass each other.
The planets and cluster will be pretty low in the west as the sky darkens, but Saturn and Mars will easily be seen (Saturn is currently the brighter of the two).
Saturn is 0.6° south of the center of the Beehive Cluster tonight.
www.aaa.org /aaawhatsup0606.htm   (944 words)

 M-44, Open Star Cluster, Praesepe or the Beehive   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The cluster's apparent size is over twice that of the full moon, and thus it needs a low-power telescope and a wide-field eyepiece.
However, it wasn’t until Galileo turned his new telescope on it in 1609, that M-44 was discovered to be a star cluster.
Although it is a galactic, or open cluster, M-44 at 400 million years, is much older than a cluster like the Pleiades.
www.kopernik.org /images/archive/m44.htm   (211 words)

 Identifying star clusters (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.unc.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Both the Pleiades and the Hyades are open star clusters in the constellation Taurus (the Bull) and can been seen with the naked eye.
It is thought that the Hyades may have a common origin with the Beehive cluster (located in the constellation Cancer), due to their similarities in proper motion and age.
The Beehive cluster lies at RA 08 : 40.1, DEC +19 : 59, with a visual brightness of 3.7 magnitude and apparent dimension of 95.0 arc minutes.
www.astronomytoday.com.cob-web.org:8888 /astronomy/clusters.html   (462 words)

 open cluster concept from the Astronomy knowledge base   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Open clusters line the Galactic plane, in contrast with globular clusters, which are members of the Galaxy's halo or thick disk.
Depending on their age, stars in open clusters "peel off" from the main sequence at different points (the higher the turnoff point, the younger the cluster).
Coma open cluster (6 facts) - Open cluster similar to the Hyades in overall binary frequency.
www.site.uottawa.ca:4321 /astronomy/opencluster.html   (209 words)

 Messier Object 44
According to the new determination by ESA's astrometric satellite Hipparcos, the cluster is 577 light years distant (previous estimates have been at 522 light years), and its age was estimated at about 730 million years.
Probably these two clusters, although now separated by hundreds of light years, have a common origin in some great diffuse gaseous nebula which existed 700 to 800 million years ago.
The Praesaepe cluster was classified by Trumpler as of class I,2,r (according to Kenneth Glyn Jones), as II,2,m by the Sky Catalog 2000, and as class II,2,r by Götz.
www.seds.org /messier/m/m044.html   (405 words)

 NGC 2516 The Southern Beehive Star Cluster   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
NGC 2516 is a magnitude 3.8 open star cluster visible from the southern hemisphere.
It is a bright galactic star cluster rich in stars ranging from magnitude 7 to 13.
It is sometimes called the Southern Beehive Star Cluster because its appearance is similar to the Beehive Cluster (M44) visible in the northern hemisphere.
members.cox.net /sidleach/ngc2516.htm   (119 words)

 Sky Shows of Vermont -- PLANETARIUM PROGRAMS   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Through a pair of binoculars this cluster really does look like a swarm of bees, easy to find because its apparent size is three times that of the full moon.
There are many of these clusters: the most famous is the Pleiades star cluster, to the west of Taurus the bull.
Open star clusters, such as the Beehive and the Pleiades, are called galactic clusters to remind us not only of their place in the sky, but also how they were formed.
www.sover.net /~skyshows/galcl.html   (364 words)

 ASD Planetarium: StarWatch
One of the showpieces of our nighttime sky, the Beehive cluster is very close to Venus this week.
The Beehive is an open cluster, a grouping of stars born at the same time, and delineating a region in our galaxy that was once abundant enough in hydrogen to have formed stars.
The Pleiades are only 50-100 million years in age, while the Beehive is probably closer to 400 million years old.
www.astronomy.org /StarWatch/June/index-6-99.html   (1175 words)

 The Beehive Cluster System (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab2.cs.unc.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The primary objective of the Beehive project is in contributing towards ``Ubiquitous Parallel Computing''.
We focus on a cluster of workstations to exploit their low cost, hardware scalability, flexibility through software components for aiding parallel computing, and inherent amenability to supporting high-availability and reconfiguration.
The Beehive prototype is built on top of Solaris uni- and multi- processor boxes here in the HPPCE laboratory.
www.cc.gatech.edu.cob-web.org:8888 /computing/Architecture/Beehive   (624 words)

 APOD: August 3, 1998 - M44: A Beehive of Stars   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Explanation: M44 is a prominent open cluster of stars.
M44 was thought to be a nebula until Galileo used an early telescope to resolve the cluster's bright blue stars.
M44, which is thought to have formed about 400 million years ago, is larger and older than most other open clusters.
antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov /apod/ap980803.html   (121 words)

 NASA - An Alignment of Stars and Planets
Three planets and a star cluster are converging for a close encounter you won't want to miss.
Saturn is sitting right next to "the Beehive," a swarm of stars 600 light years from Earth.
This three-way convergence marks a spot in the sky you should watch as June unfolds, because things are about to get even more interesting.
science.nasa.gov /headlines/y2006/30may_starsandplanets.htm   (454 words)

 M44 - The Beehive Cluster   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
M44 is also called the "Beehive" Cluster or Praesepe (Latin for "manger").
M44 is a nearby cluster of stars which is 577 light years distant according to measurements by the Hipparchos satellite.
Age and proper motion of the cluster stars coincide with those of the Hyades star cluster, suggesting a common origin in an interstellar dust cloud which existed 700 to 800 million years ago.
astro.nightsky.at /Photo/GalClu/M44_WN.html   (146 words)

 Messier Object 44   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Curiously, both this age and the direction of proper motion of M44 coincide with that of the Hyades, another famous naked-eye and longly known cluster, which however was neither included in Messier's list nor in the NGC and IC catalogs.
Among its members, there is the eclipsing binary TX Cancri, the metal line star Epsilon Cancri, and several Delta Scuti variables of magnitudes 7-8, in an early post-main-sequence state.
As mentioned in the description for the Orion Nebula M42, it is a bit unusual that Messier added the Praesepe cluster (together with the Orion Nebula M42/M43 and the Pleiades M45) to his catalog, and will perhaps stay subject to speculation.
www2.arnes.si /~gljsentvid10/messier/M044.HTM   (316 words)

 M44 in BinoSky, a guide to astronomy with binoculars.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In this case, try starting from the head of Hydra, moving through a dim T-shaped asterism (not shown on the map) and on to the center of Cancer.
The Beehive cluster is one of the most enjoyable objects to view through binoculars.
The symmetric shape and the similarity in brightness of the most prominent stars are especially pleasing.
www.lightandmatter.com /binosky/m44.html   (118 words)

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