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Jan 10

Observational idea - Melotte 20

If you are looking for something relatively easy to show to people why not try Melotte 20 (also known as Collinder 39); this is an open cluster centred around the star Alpha Persei (or Algenib), the brightest star in the constellation of Perseus.

The cluster can be seen with the naked eye if you have a really dark sky, otherwise a pair of binoculars will show it in all its glory.

For more information about Melotte 20, take a look here: www.seds.org/messier/xtra/ngc/alphaper.html

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