A spectacular open cluster in the constellation
Carina with an estimated age of 200-350 million
years. Its popular name, the Wishing Well Cluster, comes
from the resemblance of its stars to coins shimmering at the bottom of a
Wishing Well. It lies only 3° from the remarkable star Eta
Carinae and its associated nebula. NGC 3532 was first recorded by Nicolas
Lacaille in 1752.
| NGC 3532. Image credit: Walter Gröning
||1,300 light-years (400 pc)
||R.A. 11h 05m 33s,
Dec. -58° 43.8'
||C 1104-584, Cl VDBH 109,
AND STAR CLUSTERS