NGC 3532 - Firefly Party Cluster

RGB 35 35 35

Canon EF 70-200/2.8 IS USM II

Losmandy G11

FLI ML x694


Constellation Carina

Ra 11:05:39.00

Dec -58:45:11.9

NGC 3532, also commonly known as the „Firefly Party Cluster“ is an open cluster some 405 parsecs from Earth in the constellation Carina. Its population of approximately 150 stars of 7th magnitude or fainter includes seven red giants and seven white dwarfs. On 20 May 1990 it became the first target ever observed by the Hubble Space Telescope. The cluster lies between the constellation Crux and the larger but fainter "False Cross" asterism. The 4th-magnitude Cepheid variable star x Carinae (V382 Car) appears near the southeast fringes, but it lies between the Sun and the cluster and is not a member of the cluster.

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