NGC 1444


NGC 1444 is a small open cluster of stars in the northern constellation of Perseus, about 2-14° to the northwest of 43 Persei.[3] It has an angular diameter of arcminutes and a brightness of 6.60 in visual magnitude. The cluster has sixty members of seventh magnitude or fainter, and is better appreciated in larger telescopes.[3] NGC 1444 was discovered on 18 December 1788 by the German-British astronomer William Herschel.[4][5][6] It is located at a distance of 4,200 light-years from the Sun and is about 7.1[1] million years old. The cluster has a physical core radius of 1.73 ± 0.42 ly and a tidal radius of 17.4 ± 4.2 ly.[1] The most prominent member is the triple star system Σ446, with a magnitude 6.7 primary.[7] The cluster is a member of the Camelopardalis OB1 association.[7]

NGC 1444
NGC 1444 DSS.jpg
NGC 1444 imaged by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Right ascension03h 49m 23.8s[1]
Declination+52° 29′ 24″[1]
Distance4.2 kly (1.3 kpc)[1]
Physical characteristics
Estimated age7.08 Myr[1]
Other designationsCr 43, C 0345+525, OCL 394[2]
See also: Open cluster, List of open clusters


  1. ^ a b c d e f Kharchenko, N. V.; et al. (2013). "Global survey of star clusters in the Milky Way. II. The catalogue of basic parameters". Astronomy & Astrophysics. 558: A53. arXiv:1308.5822. Bibcode:2013A&A...558A..53K. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201322302.
  2. ^ "NGC 1444". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 9 April 2020.
  3. ^ a b O'Meara, Steve (2007). Herschel 400 Observing Guide. Cambridge University Press. p. 329. ISBN 9780521858939.
  4. ^ Ford, Dominic. "The open cluster NGC 1444 -". Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  5. ^ "Results for object NGC 1444". Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  6. ^ "Revised NGC Data for NGC 1444". Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  7. ^ a b Crossen, Craig; Rhemann, Gerald (2012). Sky Vistas: Astronomy for Binoculars and Richest-Field Telescopes. Springer Science & Business Media. p. 94. ISBN 9783709106266.