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PostPosted: February 9th, 2016, 5:23 pm 
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At magnitude 3.8, this very nice cluster (rising in the Baton Rouge sky right now, and quite high tonight by 8:15pm) is a well-known showpiece in Cancer the Crab. It is easily visible with the unaided-eye in a dark sky. This object is also known as Praesepe which is Latin for "manger".

More information:
Year-Round Messier Marathon Field Guide by Harvard Pennington, p. 104-105
http://www.daviddarling.info/encyclopedia/P/Praesepe.html


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PostPosted: May 8th, 2017, 7:49 pm 
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From 23 to 25 May both the Beehive and asteroid Vesta will be in the same seven-degree field-of-view, even with the Beehive centered...though one may have to off-center it to see Vesta easily.


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PostPosted: May 29th, 2017, 6:52 pm 
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As soon as night arrives (9:36pm CDT), placing the waxing crescent Moon into the lower left of the FOV of a 10x binocular will also place the Beehive in the upper right. We might have to take this conjunction on faith, though. NASA forecast a fifty-eight percent chance of rain at this time.


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