44 is an open star cluster in the constellation of Cancer. It lies
approximately 600 light years away and spans 20 light years. This
is one of the closest star clusters to us.
44 is commonly known as the Beehive or Praesepe (Latin for 'manger')
Cluster. This cluster is extremely large, covering about three times
the width of a full moon, and is visible to the naked eye. This
was one of the first celestial objects Galileo observed through
his telescope in 1609. Charles Messier added it to his catalogue