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California Nebula

NGC 1499

Proper NameCalifornia Nebula
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNGC 1499
Right Ascension4h 3m 18s
Declination+36° 25' 18"
Distancec.1,000 light years
c.300 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +5.0
Absolute: -3.7
DimensionsApparent: 2° 25' x 40'
Actual: c. 42 x 12 light years
Associated Star(s)Menkib
Optimum VisibilityDecember

The broad band of the California Nebula in Perseus is illuminated by the energetic O-type star Menkib (Xi Persei), the bright blue-white star visible in the southern part of this image. Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas


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