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Lower’s Nebula

Sh2-261

Proper NamesLower's Nebula
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNone
Other DesignationsSh2-261
ConstellationOrion
Right Ascension6h 9m 47s
Declination+15° 48' 40"
Distancec.3,200 light years
c.1,000 parsecs
Magnitude+10.0
DiameterApparent: 30° x 15°
Actual: c.25 x 13 light years
Optimum VisibilityJanuary
NotesAn emission nebula in the northern reaches of Orion that takes the form of an elongated ellipse of glowing material. Though far too faint to be seen with the naked eye, the nebula occupies a region of the sky comparable with the diameter of a full moon.

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