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Pacman Nebula

NGC 281, IC 11
Contains the star cluster IC 1590

Proper NamePacman Nebula
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNGC 281
Other designationsSh2-184
Right Ascension0h 52m 25s
Declination+56° 33' 54"
Distancec.9,500 light years
c.2,900 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +7.4
Absolute: -3.1
DimensionsApparent: 35' x 30'
Actual: c. 42 light years
Optimum VisibilityOctober (Usually visible from northern latitudes)
NotesA wide region of nebulosity spreading over more than forty light years, this nebula is a region of star formation, illuminated by the newly-formed clusters of stars within it. A dark wedge of material obscures a quadrant of the nebula, and the resulting shape gave rise to its common name of the 'Pacman Nebula'.