NGC/IC Project Restoration Effort
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Location and Magnitude
Right Ascension: 9:41:34.7
Discoverer: Herschel J.
Year of discovery: 1837
Discovery aperture: 18.3
Summary description: eF, pS, * 8 f
NGC 2973 is perhaps the triple star just following JH's position. If it is
indeed the correct object, JH's note "a B * 8 m follows" is somewhat
misleading since the star is clearly south-following. That raises the
possibility that the double star also listed in the table is JH's object.
However, JH describes his object as "eF, 40 arcsec." The triple is closer
to that size than the double. So, both asterisms are candidates. For the
present, I favor the triple -- but not by much.
I also note that the two eastern stars of the triple have close companion
stars. So, the triple is actually a quintuple, or as I've simply written over
the years, an "asterism".