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Eight-Burst Nebula

Southern Ring Nebula, C74, NGC 3132, PK 272+12.1

Proper NamesEight-Burst Nebula, Southern Ring Nebula
Caldwell NumberC74
NGC/IC NumberNGC 3132
Other DesignationsPK 272+12.1
Right Ascension10h 7m 2s
Declination-40° 26' 11"
Distancec.2,600 light years
c.780 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +9.7
Absolute: +0.2
DiameterApparent: 10' x 0.7'
Actual: c. 0.7 x 0.5 light years
Associated Star(s)HD 87877, HD 87892
Optimum VisibilityMarch
NotesA complex planetary nebula, formed around a pair of stars and threaded by lanes of dust. The outer shell of the nebula is ringed by arcs of matter looping out into space, from which this object takes its common name of the 'Eight-Burst' nebula.


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