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Pelican Nebula

IC 5067, IC 5070

Proper NamePelican Nebula
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumbersIC 5067 (region to the northwest)
IC 5070 (main nebula)
Right Ascension20h 51m 0s
Declination+44° 22' 0"
Distancec.1,800 light years
c.5,900 parsecs
Mean DiameterApparent: c.80' x 70'
Actual: c.42 x 37 light years
Optimum VisibilityAugust
NotesThis HII region, a field of ionised hydrogen in Cygnus, is connected to the nearby North America Nebula, though an obscuring lane of dark dust between the two gives the false impression of separate nebulae, at least as viewed from Earth.

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