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A pile of corpses

This spring, investigate the ghostly members of the Beehive Cluster.
RELATED TOPICS: STAR CLUSTERS | OPEN CLUSTERS
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If you’re away from city lights this March, face south after twilight ends and look about halfway up the sky for the Beehive Cluster (M44) in Cancer the Crab. To the unaided eye, M44 appears as a pale patch of ghostly light. It lies roughly midway between Regulus (the Alpha [α] star of Leo the Lion) and Pollux, the southeasternmost “Twin” star in Gemini. It looks as if someone snatched a section of Milky Way and placed it in that stellar desert to breathe life into the area.

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