M39

M39

Messier 39 or M39 (also designated NGC 7092) is an open cluster in the constellation Cygnus. It has an apparent visual magnitude of 4.6 and its angular diameter is 32 arc-minutes. M39 lies at an estimated distance of 825 light years. The Equinox 2000 coordinates are RA= 21h 32.2m, Dec= +48° 26´ which makes M39 best seen during the autumn. The Messier Autumn Star Chart shows the position of all Messier objects visible during that season.

The image above shows the uncropped view of M39 through the Takahashi E-180 Astrograph (North is to right). A 2x enlargement of this image appears to the right.

This loose open cluster was discovered by Messier in 1764. According to Kharchenko et al. (2005), the distance of M39 is 1010 light years and its diameter is 9 light years. It contains 60 stars and its estimated age is 240-480 million years.

For more information, see the Messier Catalog as well as specific entries for M39 in Wikipedia and SEDS.

Messier's Description of M39

October 24, 1764
`Cluster of stars near the tail of the Swan; one can see them with an simple refractor of 3.5 feet.' (diam. 1d 00')

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