M50, NGC 2323

M50 is an open cluster in the constellation Monoceros. A modest-sized cluster of perhaps a couple of hundred stars, M50 is about 3000 light-years away and around 20 light-years across. More imaginative eyes have referred to it as 'heart-shaped'. This approximately true-color picture was created from twelve images taken in the BVR pass-bands at the Burrell Schmidt Telescope of Case Western Reserve University's Warner and Swasey Observatory. The Burrell Schmidt Telescope is located on Kitt Peak, near Tucson, Arizona. The images were taken in September 1997.

Credit:

NOIRLab/NSF/AURA

About the Image

Id:noao-m50
Type:Observation
Release date:Sept. 18, 2020, 2:07 a.m.
Size:2048 x 2048 px

About the Object

Name:M50, NGC 2323
Constellation:Monoceros
Category:Star Clusters
Stars

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Coordinates

Position (RA):7 2 48.31
Position (Dec):-8° 22' 55.38"
Field of view:34.65 x 34.65 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 2.0° left of vertical


Colors & filters

BandTelescope
Optical
B
Burrell Schmidt Telescope
Optical
V
Burrell Schmidt Telescope
Optical
R
Burrell Schmidt Telescope