Does the Hyades cluster in Taurus have a Messier number, and if not, why?
Charles Messier (1730 - 1817) was a comet hunter who compiled a list of a hundred 'fuzzy' objects that you should avoid if you are searching for comets.
The Hyades star cluster does not have a Messier number because it is not small and fuzzy and comet like in the same way that the nearby Pleiades Cluster seems. The Hyades is many degrees across and to the eye consists of a dozen stars. As the above image shows, telescopically, it contains over 100 stars at a distance of 42 parsecs. That red star you see in the image is Aldebaran.
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