Earth and the Moon

Viewing Non-Stellarnight Sky Objects

What are some examples of well-known open clusters of stars I can see in the night sky?

In the southern hemisphere, the Jewel Box near the constellation Crux (the Southern Cross) is a particularly beautiful open cluster that looks as if it contains sparkling stars with several different colors. In the northern hemisphere, the Hyades (also known as the Beehive) is a well-known open cluster in the direction of the constellation Taurus (the Bull). Slightly to the east of the Hyades, also in the direction of Taurus, is probably the best-known open cluster in the night sky: the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters.


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