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Molecular cloud in Scorpius / Lupus

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Proper NamesLupus III, Lupus 3
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNone
ConstellationScorpius (extending westward into Lupus)
Right Ascension16h 9m 36s
Declination-39° 3' 0"
Distance489 light years
150 parsecs
DimensionsApparent: 4°20' x 3°10'
Actual: c. 37 light years
Optimum VisibilityJune

The Lupus III cloud forms a dense, dark strand running west-to-east across the border between Lupus and Scorpius, and obscuring the stars of the Milky Way beyond. The two brighter stars visible in the western (right-hand) part of the image are V856 and V1027 Scorpii, whose combined light illuminates part of the dark cloud to create the small reflection nebula Bernes 149. Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas


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