NGC 1746 is an asterism or open cluster in the constellation Taurus, it was discovered in 1828.

What you are actually looking at is not a single cluster but an optical grouping of stars belonging to three different clusters which just happen to be in the exact same spot in space when seen from our location. In reality they are at a distance of 420, 2.053 and 2.477 light years.

The 3 different clusters overlapping each other are NGC1746, NGC1750 and NGC1758.

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Name NGC1746
Type Open cluster
Constellation Taurus
Right ascension 05h 03m 50s
Declination +23° 46′ 04″
Distance 2.477 ly
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