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Bees in the Heavens- The Beehive Star Cluster

From 2MASS Atlas Image Gallery: The Messier Catalog- image in the Public Domain

The Beehive Cluster ( M44) 
also called  Praesepe which in Latin tranlates as "crib" or "manger",  
is found in the constellation of Cancer. 
  It is a "Galactic" or open cluster of at least 200 bright stars 
  and is 400 million years old; much older than the Pleiades.
It is also about 600 light years away from planet Earth.  

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