Messier 35 is an open cluster in the constellation Gemini. The cluster is scattered over an area of the sky almost the size of the full moon and is located 850 parsecs (2,800 light-years) from Earth.
The mass of M35 has been computed using a statistical technique based on proper motion velocities of its stars. The mass within the central 3.75 parsecs was found to be between 1600 and 3200 solar masses (95 percent confidence), consistent with the mass of a realistic stellar population within the same radius.
Data captured 30th March, 2016.
22x 3 minute exposures at ISO400.
Orion Europa 200
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