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Molecular cloud in Lupus / Norma

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Proper NamesLupus IV, Lupus 4
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNone
ConstellationLupus (extending southward into Norma)
Right Ascension16h 3m 12s
Declination-42° 7' 43"
Distance489 light years
150 parsecs
DimensionsApparent: 180' x 120'
Actual: c. 17 light years
Optimum VisibilityJune

Dark strands of material within the Lupus IV cloud can be seen here obscuring the Milky Way. The bright star to the northwest is the fifth-magnitude orange giant HR 5943. At a distance of some 440 light years, the star is nearly as far from Earth as Lupus IV itself. Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas


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