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Monday, 19 April 2010

[BAA 00490] Observing Opportunity - Mars in the Beehive Cluster

BAA electronic bulletin No. 00490   

The Beehive star cluster M44 is a large open cluster of around 75 stars
covering over a degree of sky in the constellation of Cancer (RA 8h 40m Dec
+19o 30').  Readily visible to the naked eye as a misty patch from a rural
site, it is impressive in even small binoculars. Currently Mars is paying M44
a visit and providing an excellent photo opportunity for imagers with wide
field instruments or telephoto lenses, passing just over a degree north of
M44. Mars is moving eastwards and away from the Beehive but remains with a few
degrees for the next week and both will fit comfortably in the field of a pair
of 10 x 50 binoculars.

Stewart Moore
Director, Deep Sky Section

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Bulletin transmitted on Sun Apr 18 19:27:22 BST 2010
(c) 2010 British Astronomical Association
Good Clear Skies
Colin James Watling
Real Astronomer and head of the Comet section for LYRA (Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth Regional Astronomers) also head of K.A.G (Kessingland Astronomy Group) and Navigator (Astrogator) of the Stars (Fieldwork)

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