NGC 2516

NGC 2516 star cluster

The Southern Beehive Star Cluster

NGC 2516 is a magnitude 3.8 open star cluster visible from the southern hemisphere. It is a bright galactic star cluster rich in stars ranging from magnitude 7 to 13. More than 100 stars are scattered over a field that is about one degree in diameter. The star cluster is visible to the naked eye. It is sometimes called the Southern Beehive Star Cluster because its appearance is similar to the Beehive Cluster (M44) visible in the northern hemisphere. This star cluster has an age of about 150 million years.

This image was taken at Lake Titicaca, Bolivia. A Takahashi FS-78 refractor was used with an ST-8XE CCD carried on an EM-10 mount converted to a Temma GOTO system. This is an RGB color composite image.

NGC 2516
Constellation: Carina
RA: 07h 58m 10s Dec: -60d 45' 45"
September 3, 2005
Image by Sid Leach
Lake Titicaca, Bolivia

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