Alt. Designations: NGC 2323
Object Type: Open Cluster
Constellation: Monoceros
Distance: 3.2 kly
Right Ascension: 07h 02m 42.0s
Declination: -08° 23´ 00"
Visual Magnitude: 5.9
Apparent Dimension: 15.0´ Dia.
Best Month To View: Dec

Located in the constellation of Monoceros is an open cluster of stars known as M50. This cluster is estimated to contain about 200 stars. It is about 10 light-years in diameter and is believed to be located around 3,000 light-years from Earth. The appearance of this cluster has been described as a heart-shape. With a magnitude of 6.3, M50 is easily visible with a pair of binoculars. Telescopes will reveal more of the fainter members of the group.