M44 - The Beehive Cluster
Copyright: Tom Bash and John Fox/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF
M44 has various informal names - the Beehive Cluster being the most popular though it's appearance can also be likened to a Christmas tree. It is also known as Praesepe and is located around 577 ly away. It consists of around 200 stars in total and is very easy to see in binoculars. The stars within it are around 400 million years old - quite young by cosmic standards - and take up a region of space around 40 ly across.