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Molecular cloud in Scorpius

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Proper NamesLupus VI, Lupus 6
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNone
ConstellationScorpius (extending southward slightly into Norma)
Right Ascension16h 25m 0s
Declination-40° 18' 0"
Distance326 light years
100 parsecs
DimensionsApparent: 6° 15' x 5° 50'
Actual: c. 36 light years
Optimum VisibilityJune

Lupus VI is a dark cloud belonging to the extensive Lupus Cloud Complex, although Lupus VI itself is not in Lupus, but primarily within its eastern neighbour Scorpius. The star cluster shining against the dark background near the centre of this image is the open cluster C75 or NGC 6124, which is actually far more distant than the intervening cloud of Lupus VI. Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas


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