M36 The Pinwheel Cluster
Credits: Keith Turnecliff, Long Itchington
The Pinwheel Cluster contains at least 60 stars and bears a resemblance to the more famous Pleiades cluster (M45) in the constellation Taurus. The two clusters have almost the same physical size and, like many members of the Pleiades cluster, many members of M36 are also rapid spinners. M36, however, is one of the most distant open clusters catalogued by Messier and about 10 times as far away as the Pleiades.
Facts about M36 by Keith Turnecliff
The best time of the year to observe M36 is during the winter months. M36 is also known as NGC1960.