Open Cluster NGC 2353

NGC 2353: Section from DSS2 [147]


On 10th January 1785 William Herschel sweeped his 18.7 inch reflecting telescope through the constellation Monoceros and found the «coarsely scattered clusters of stars» which he cataloged as VIII 34. He described it as «an extensive cluster of scattered stars». [463] In 1888 John L. E. Dreyer added this cluster as NGC 2353. [313]

Physical Properties

NGC 2353 is a young open cluster, located on the eastern edge of the Canis Majoris OB1 association (CMa OB1). The age of the cluster is estimated to 7.6 million years. The number of member stars is estimated to 65. It is uncertain whether the cluster and CMa OB1 are also physically related. [559, 560]

Revised+Historic NGC/IC, Version 22/9, © Dr. Wolfgang Steinicke [277]
DesignationNGC 2353
TypeOCL (II2p)
Right Ascension (J2000.0)07h 14m 30.3s
Declination (J2000.0)-10° 15' 57"
Diameter18 arcmin
Visual magnitude7.1 mag
Metric Distance1.119 kpc
Dreyer DescriptionCl, L, lC, one vB *
Identification, RemarksOCL 567

Finder Chart

The open cluster NGC 2353 is located in the constellation Monoceros. The best season for observation is from October until March.

Finder Chart Open Cluster NGC 2353
Open Cluster NGC 2353 in constellation Monoceros. Charts created using SkySafari 6 Pro and STScI Digitized Sky Survey. Limiting magnitudes: Constellation chart ~6.5 mag, DSS2 close-ups ~20 mag. [149, 160]

Visual Observation

Description pending ...

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