Open star cluster M47

UA 16-inch image of Messier 47

The bright but sparse star cluster Messier 47 in Puppis, shown in a V-band CCD image obtained with the UA 16-inch telescope. The field of view shown is 30 arcminutes wide, to encompass the whole span of the cluster's bright members. The very bright star tol the west (right), with a charge trail, is the newly-discovered variable star V378 Pup. M47 is seen only 1.3 degrees from M46.

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