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Southern Pleiades

IC 2602 (Southern Pleiades)

The Southern Pleiades (IC 2602) is an open cluster of more than 50 stars in the constellation Carina, centered on the blue-white star Theta Carinae and forming a triangle in the sky with Beta and Iota Car. At a distance of less than 500 light-years, the Southern Pleiades is relatively nearby compared with many star clusters, and can be seen with the naked eye.

 

magnitude 2
diameter 50'
position R.A. 10h 43.2m, Dec. -64° 24'