The Beehive Cluster, Messier 44

How to Find The Beehive Cluster, Messier 44

Messier 044 2MASS.jpg

The Beehive Cluster can be found in the constellation of Cancer. This object is visible to the naked eye in dark sky sites. Messier 44 is one of the jewels of the northern spring sky. Can you find it? If you do let us know in the comments.

Messier 44, the beehive cluster is an open cluster found in Cancer. It is one of the nearest clusters to us and is probably related to the open cluster Hyades in Taurus. This open cluster is located around 580 light years away and has been described since ancient times.

Ptolemy, the astronomer that lived in Egypt under Roman rule described the beehive as the "nebulous mass in the breast of Cancer". Despite this the cluster was attributed to Gallileo, whom was the first to see it through a telescope in 1609.

Image credit: Atlas Image [or Atlas Image mosaic] courtesy of 2MASS/UMass/IPAC-Caltech/NASA/NSF.

Other Names:

Messier 44

NGC 2632


Cr 189



Telescopic Image to Scale:


This image is 30 arc minutes by 30 arcminutes which is about the size of the full moon.


Magnitude = 3.1

Surface brightness = 13

Telescope Aperture City Suburbs Rural Dark Sky
4 inches 9 10 11 12.5
5 inches 9.5 10.5 11.5 13
6 inches 10 11 12 13.5
8 inches 10.5 11.5 12.5 14
10 inches 11 12 13 14.5

Use this chart to estimate if you can see the object from your location with your telescope. For more help on using this chart click here.

How to Find it:

Messier 44, the beehive cluster can be found in the constellation of Cancer. If you are using guiding software the coordinates are: RA 08h 41m 11.14 DEC +19° 36′ 56.8″

How to find messier 44, the beehive cluster

To find more space objects have a look at the constellation guide by clicking the link or go back to the list of deep space objects.

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