By Dave Fuller on 12/29/2013 4:32 PM
Messier 35 in wide field eyepiece Have you ever looked closely at granular sugar? Not the fine powdered kind, but the type one might stir into iced tea or use to bake a cake. Though the grains may appear remarkably similar in size, when viewed more closely it is possible to see some are smaller, and some are larger. And if a pinch of that sugar - enough to barely sweeten a glass of unsweetened iced tea - were slowly rubbed through fingers to land on a black piece of velvety cloth, what would that look like?

Probably a lot like Messier 35.

This cluster is large - nearly as large as the Pleiades, though not quite as bright. And though the nearby cluster M37 in Auriga often gets the "Salt and Pepper Cluster" designation, I think Messier 35 deserves the "Table Sugar Cluster" designation - but that's just me, perhaps. 

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