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Molecular cloud in Lupus

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Proper NamesLupus I, Lupus 1
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNone
Right Ascension15h 44m 28s
Declination-34° 51' 24"
Distance457 light years
140 parsecs
DimensionsApparent: 410' x 350'
Actual: approximately 55 x 47 light years
Optimum VisibilityMay / June

The molecular clouds that make up the Lupus Cloud Complex are barely detectable in visible light, but viewed in the infrared, their structure stands out clearly. This view is centred on the cloud designated Lupus I. Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas


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