Alt. Designations: NGC 2447
Object Type: Open Cluster
Constellation: Puppis
Distance: 3.6 kly
Right Ascension: 07h 44m 30.0s
Declination: -23° 51´ 24"
Visual Magnitude: 6.2
Apparent Dimension: 10.0´ Dia.
Best Month To View: Jan

M93 is an open cluster of stars located within the Puppis constellation. This is a small but bright cluster with a visual magnitude of 6. Its visual appearance has been said to resemble that of a butterfly. Some have even identified it with a starfish. The cluster contains about 80 stars scattered over a distance of around 25 light-years. The brightest of these stars are blue giants. M93 is believed to be located some 3,600 light-years from Earth. Its can easily be seen with a pair of binoculars. A small telescope will reveal more of the clusters fainter stars.