NGC 956

NGC 956 is an asterism in the constellation Andromeda.

NGC 956
NGC956 - SDSS DR14.jpg
Observation data (J2000 epoch)
Right ascension02h 32m 15.0s[1]
Declination+44° 33′ 48″[1]
Apparent magnitude (V)8.9[1]
Apparent dimensions (V)9′[2]
Physical characteristics
Notable featuresChance alignment[3]
Other designationsCr 27
See also: Open cluster, List of open clusters

The object was found on December 23, 1831 by the British astronomer John Herschel, who originally believed the object to be an open cluster.[2] However, an analysis in 2008 led to the conclusion that this "object" was merely a chance alignment of stars that only appear to be an open cluster.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "NGC 956". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b "New General Catalog Objects: NGC 950 - 999". Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b MacIejewski, G.; Niedzielski, A. (2008). "Photometric study of 9 doubtful open clusters". Astronomische Nachrichten. 329 (6): 602. Bibcode:2008AN....329..602M. doi:10.1002/asna.200811000.

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