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IC 434

Proper NameAssociated with the Horsehead Nebula
NGC/IC NumberIC 434
Right Ascension5h 41m 00s
Declination-2° 28' 4"
Distancec.1,550 light years
c.475 parsecs
DimensionsApparent: 1° 30' x 30'
Actual: c. 40 x 14 light years
Optimum VisibilityJanuary

A long thin nebulous region running north to south near Alnitak, the eastern star of Orion's Belt. IC 434 is far better known than its Index Catalogue number might suggest - it is the bright background nebula against which the famous dark region called the Horsehead stands out.


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