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Fish Head Nebula

Northern Bear Nebula, NGC 896, IC 1795

Proper NamesFish Head Nebula, Northern Bear Nebula
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNGC 896, IC 1795
Right Ascension2h 25m 48s
Declination+61° 59' 0"
Distancec.7,500 light years
c.2,300 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +10.00
Absolute: -1.80
DiameterApparent: 27' x 13'
Actual: c. 59 x 28 light years
Optimum VisibilityNovember (Usually visible from northern latitudes)

The Fish Head Nebula, NGC 896, is a star-forming region that belongs to a broad complex of nebulae in eastern Cassiopeia. The Fish Head extends out northwestward from the larger Heart Nebula (IC 1805), which in turn is part of a pair of nebulae collectively known as the 'Heart and Soul'. Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas