Deep Sky
Beehive Cluster

The Beehive Cluster is one of the nearest open clusters to our Solar System. It was one of the first objects that Gallileo studied it with his telescope.  This cluster contains red giants and white dwarfs, which represent later stages of stellar evolution,along with main sequence stars of spectral classes A,F,G,K and M.  There is no consensus on the cluster's distance, from 520-610 light years, and approximately 600 million years old.  
While not part of the Orion complex, we have it here to honor our bee hives at school.