M44 and Jupiter
M44 and Jupiter
  • Description: Jupiter passing cluster M44 in Cancer. M44 is a whopper as star clusters go, 1.5 degrees in diameter or 3x the size of the moon! Only about 50 stars call M44 home, glowing at magnitude 3.1 or an easy naked eye target from half decent skies. As M44 is on the ecliptic, the part of the sky travelled by the sun, moon and planets, it isn't uncommon for some random element of the solar system to pass close by as a foreground object.

  • Film: Kodak Ektachrome 400
  • Scope: 135mm f3.5 + 8 point star filter
  • Exposure: 15 Minutes
  • Location: Wilson Coulee Observatory, Alberta
  • Date: Mar 18, 1991
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