Praesepe

Praesepe

[pri-see-pee, prahy-suh-pee]
noun Astronomy.
an open star cluster in the center of the constellation Cancer, visible to the naked eye.
Also called Beehive cluster, Manger.


Origin:
1650–60; < Latin praesēpe crib from which cattle or horses are fed, manger; the neighboring brighter stars Gamma and Delta Cancri (Asellus Borealis and Asellus Australis) were pictured as asses which fed from a manger

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Praesepe (praɪˈsiːpɪ)
 
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an open cluster of several hundred stars in the constellation Cancer, visible to the naked eye as a hazy patch of light

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praesepe

(catalog numbers NGC 2632 and M 44), open, or galactic, cluster of several hundred stars in the zodiacal constellation Cancer and located 590 light-years from Earth. Visible to the unaided eye as a small patch of bright haze, it was first distinguished as a group of stars by Galileo. It was included by Hipparchus in the earliest known star catalog, c. 129 BC.

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