NGC 2362

Alt. Designations: NGC 2362
Object Type: open cluster
Constellation: Canis Major
Distance: 4.8 kly
Right Ascension: 07h 18m 41.4s
Declination: -24° 57´ 15"
Visual Magnitude: 3.8
Apparent Dimension: 6.0´ Dia.
Best Month To View: Dec

Also known as the Tau Canis Majoris cluster, because its bright central star Tau Canis Majoris (4.39) which contains from 40 to 50 solar masses. The star is a luminous supergiant. The cluster contains about 60 stars and it is 25 million years in age.