[M36, KPNO]

M36 is the youngest of the three bright open star clusters in the southern part of the constellation Auriga; the others are M37 and M38. All three lie at similar distances of about 4000 light-years. M36 does not contain any evolved red giant stars. The present picture is a color composite of CCD images from the 0.9-meter telescope of the Kitt Peak National Observatory, near Tucson, Arizona, taken in January 1997. Image size is 20.4 arc minutes.

  • More imformation on this image (N.A. Sharp, NOAO)
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    [M36 in IR, 2MASS]

    IR image of open cluster Messier 36 in Gemini, taken with the 2MASS IR telescopes. This is a false-color IR image coding different IR wavelength bands into colors, with coolest/longest red and "hottest" or warmest/shortest blue.

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  • Amateur images of M36

    Hartmut Frommert
    Christine Kronberg

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    Last Modification: November 20, 2002