Deep Sky
Wild Duck Cluster

Wild Duck Cluster
Constellation: Scutum
This has to be one of the nicest open clusters.  These are also sometimes called galacic clusters , they contain fewer andd younger stars than globular clusters.   It is approx 6,000 light-years from earth, there are (by folks with too much time on their hands) some 2,900 stars in this cluster with 600 over having a visual magnitude brighter than 15.  They formed some 250 million years ago

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date: 9-15-12