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Cone Nebula

NGC 2264

Proper NamesCone Nebula
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNGC 2264
ConstellationMonoceros
Right Ascension6h 42m 3s
Declination+9° 51' 51"
Distance2,700 light years
830 parsecs
DimensionsApparent: 60' x 30'
Actual: 47 x 24 light years
Optimum VisibilityJanuary
NotesA narrow tapering dark nebula that extends into the southern parts of a wide star-forming region in Monoceros. The Cone Nebula is associated with the Christmas Tree Cluster, an open star cluster that shares its designation of NGC 2264.

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