Open Cluster NGC 2353

NGC 2353
NGC 2353: Section from DSS2 [147]


On 10 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 Ascension07h 14m 30.3s
Declination-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.

Chart Open Cluster NGC 2353
Open Cluster NGC 2353 in constellation Monoceros. Chart created using SkySafari 6 Pro and STScI Digitized Sky Survey. [149, 160]

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147Aladin Lite; (2020-12-23)
149SkySafari 6 Pro, Simulation Curriculum;
160The STScI Digitized Sky Survey;
277«Historische Deep-Sky Kataloge» von Dr. Wolfgang Steinicke; (2021-02-17)
313«A New General Catalogue of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars, being the Catalogue of the late Sir John F.W. Herschel, Bart., revised, corrected, and enlarged» Dreyer, J. L. E. (1888); Memoirs of the Royal Astronomical Society. 49: 1–237; Bibcode:1888MmRAS..49....1D
463«Catalogue of one thousand new nebulae and clusters of stars» William Herschel, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 1 January 1786; DOI:10.1098/rstl.1786.0027
559»The Moderately Young Open Cluster NGC 2353» M. Pim Fitzgerald, Gretchen L. Harris, and B. Cameron Reed; Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific, Volume 102, Number 654, 1990; DOI:10.1086/132711
560«Sejong Open Cluster Survey. I. NGC 2353» Beomdu Lim (Sejong Univ), Hwankyung Sung (Sejong Univ), R. Karimov (UBAI), M. Ibrahimov (UBAI); arXiv:1103.4927