NGC 3766

NGC 3766

NGC 3766
NGC 3766 image taken with the MPG/ESO 1.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory[1]
Credit: ESO
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Constellation Centaurus
Right ascension 11h 36.1m
Declination −61° 37′
Distance 5.5 kly
Apparent magnitude (V) 5.3
Apparent dimensions (V) 12.0′
Physical characteristics
Notable features Easy to view via binoculars or telescope
Other designations NGC 3766, Lacaille III.7,
Dunlop 289, Melotte 107, Collinder 248, C1133-613, Caldwell 97

NGC 3766 is an open star cluster in the southern constellation Centaurus. It is located in the vast star-forming region known as the Carina molecular cloud, and was discovered by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille during his astrometric survey in 1751–1752. At a distance of about 1745 pc,[2] the cluster subtends a diameter of about 12 minutes of arc.[3]

There are 137 listed stars, but many are likely non-members, with only 36 have accurate photometric data.[4] Total apparent magnitude of 5.3 and integrated spectral type of B1.7.[2] NGC 3766 is relatively young that is estimated as log (7.160) or 14.4 million years,[3] and approaching us at –14.8 km·s−1.[2] This cluster contains eleven Be stars, two red giants and four Ap stars.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "New Kind of Variable Star Discovered". ESO Press Release. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "SIMBAD Astronomical Dangc3766webdatabase". Results for NGC 3766. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  3. ^ a b "WEBDA Astronomical Database". WEBDA Page for NGC 3766. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 
  4. ^ a b "Webda Astronomical Database". WEBDA Page for NGC 3766a. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 

External links

  • NGC 3766 at SEDS
  • Astrophotograph Link
  • WEBDA Data on NGC 3766 by Lynga
  • NGC 3766 on WikiSky: DSS2, SDSS, GALEX, IRAS, Hydrogen α, X-Ray, Astrophoto, Sky Map, Articles and images