· · · ·

Lower’s Nebula


Proper NameLower's Nebula
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNone
Other DesignationsSh2-261
Right Ascension6h 8m 44s
Declination+15° 40' 30"
Distancec.3,200 light years
c.1,000 parsecs
DiameterApparent: 30° x 15°
Actual: c.25 x 13 light years
Optimum VisibilityJanuary
NotesAn emission nebula in the northern reaches of Orion that takes the form of an elongated ellipse of glowing material. Though far too faint to be seen with the naked eye, the nebula occupies a region of the sky comparable with the diameter of a full moon.


Related Entries