NGC 2516. Image credit: S. Leach.
NGC 2516 is a very bright, young ( about 140 million years old) open
cluster in the constellation Carina. Also
known as the Southern Beehive Cluster (because of its similarity
to M44, the Beehive Cluster), it contains more than 100 stars, the brightest
of which is an fifth magnitude red giant that lies near the center. NGC
2516 was first recorded by Nicolas Lacaille in 1751-52.
|distance||1,300 light-years (400 pc)|
|position||R.A. 07h 58m 20s,
Dec. -60° 52'
|other designations||Melotte 82, Collinder 172,
C 0757-607, OCl 776.0