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NGC 2335

Proper NameNone
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNGC 2335
Right Ascension7h 6m 49s
Declination-10° 1' 42"
Distancec.4,600 light years
c.1,400 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +7.19
Absolute: -3.57
DiameterApparent: 6'
Actual: 8 light years
Number of Starsc. 200
Optimum VisibilityJanuary
NotesOne of a string of open clusters scattered along the Seagull Nebula or IC 2177, a long strand of nebulosity that stretches southward from Monoceros and into Canis Major. NGC 2335 is the northernmost of these clusters, lying near the nebula's farthest northern extent.

NGC 2335 is connected with the a stretch of nebulosity running southward from Monoceros into Canis Major. The shape of this region, formally designated IC 2177, has earned it the name of the 'Seagull Nebula', and NGC 2335 lies near the end of the seagull's extended northern wing. The nebula is visible as a background haze in this close image, but zooming out will show the entire seagull shape. Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas