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Bow-Tie Nebula

C2, NGC 40, PK 120+09.1

Proper NameBow-Tie Nebula
Caldwell NumberC2
NGC/IC NumberNGC 40
Other DesignationsPK 120+09.1
Right Ascension0h 13m 1s
Declination+72° 31' 19"
Distancec.3,500 light years
c.1,100 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +10.6
Absolute: -1.0
Mean DiameterApparent: 0.6'
Actual: 1 light year
Associated Star(s)V400 Cephei
Optimum VisibilityOctober (Usually visible from northern latitudes)
NotesAn elliptical shroud of material representing the outer shell cast off into space by its central star, V400 Cephei. The nebula twists into writhing wisps extending from its outer edges, from which it takes its common name of the 'Bow-Tie Nebula'.


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