Discovered by Le Gentil in 1749, M38
is perhaps the least impressive of the three Messier clusters in Auriga, but
still an exciting object. At magnitude 6.4 and 21' across it is best viewed at
low power. The total stellar population is in excess of 100, the brightest being
magnitude 9.5. Look for the small nearby cluster NGC 1907 at the right edge in
the above picture.
Click here for a closer view.
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