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Bean Nebula

LHA 120-N11, N11

Proper NameBean Nebula
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNone
Other DesignationsLHA 120-N11, N11
Right Ascension4h 56m 51s
Declination-66° 24' 24"
Distancec.163,000 light years
c.50,000 parsecs
Mean DiameterApparent: 0.5'
Actual: c.1,000 light years
Optimum VisibilityDecember (Usually visible from southern latitudes)
NotesAn immense region of glowing hydrogen embedded within the Large Magellanic Cloud, more than 160,000 light years beyond the Milky Way Galaxy. The nebula is an active star-forming region, and within the gases of the nebula lie clusters of hot newly-born stars.