M36 is the youngest of the three bright open star clusters in the southern
part of the constellation Auriga; the others are
M37 and M38.
All three lie at similar distances of about 4000 light-years.
M36 does not contain any evolved red giant stars.
The present picture is a color composite of CCD images from the 0.9-meter
telescope of the Kitt Peak National Observatory, near Tucson, Arizona, taken
in January 1997. Image size is 20.4 arc minutes.
IR image of open cluster Messier 36 in Gemini, taken with the 2MASS IR telescopes. This is a false-color IR image coding different IR wavelength bands into colors, with coolest/longest red and "hottest" or warmest/shortest blue.
Last Modification: 20 Nov 2002