[NGC 2451 and 2477, Matt BenDaniel]

Matt BenDaniel took this gorgeous photograph of two apparently neighbored stars, which are at remarkably different distances: NGC 2451 (above and slightly right of the center of this image, around bright yellow star c Puppis) is rather close to us at its distance of only about 850 light years, while NGC 2477 (in the lower left), at about 4200 light years, is roughly 5 times more remote.

This image is a 60-minutes exposure on Kodak E 200 film, taken with a Tele Vue 85 refractor at f/5.6, on December 31, 2000 at 00:23 PST.

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