NGC 1872

NGC 1872

NGC 1872
NGC 1872, a rich cluster of thousands of stars lying in our small neighbouring galaxy, the Large Magellanic Cloud, 3′ view
Credit: ESA/Hubble and NASA
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Right ascension 05h 13m 11.7s[1]
Declination −69° 18′ 45″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V) 11.4[1]
Apparent dimensions (V) 1′
Physical characteristics

NGC 1872 is an open cluster with associated nebulosity in the constellation Dorado. It was discovered by James Dunlop in 1826.

With the release of a recent Hubble image there is currently debate about whether NGC 1872 is an open or globular cluster. NGC 1872 has characteristics of both — it is visually as rich as a typical globular but is much younger, and, like many open clusters, has bluer stars. Such intermediate clusters are common in the Large Magellanic Cloud.

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References

  1. ^ a b c "SIMBAD astronomical database". Results for NGC 1872. Retrieved 2007-05-02. 

External links

  • NGC 1872 on WikiSky: DSS2, SDSS, GALEX, IRAS, Hydrogen α, X-Ray, Astrophoto, Sky Map, Articles and images