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Seagull Nebula

NGC 2032, HD 37731

Proper NameSeagull Nebula
Messier NumberNone
NGC/IC NumberNGC 2032
Other DesignationsHD 37731
Right Ascension5h 35m 24s
Declination-67° 34' 56"
Distancec.158,200 light years
c.48,500 parsecs
MagnitudeApparent: +10.99
Absolute: -7.44
DiameterApparent: 7'
Actual: c.300 light years
Optimum VisibilityDecember / January (Usually visible from southern latitudes)
NotesVery little specific data is available for this nebula. The values given above for its distance, magnitude and diameter are derived in part from associated objects, and are necessarily approximate.

The emission nebula NGC 2032 forms part of a complex of nebulae within the Large Magellanic Cloud, and is surrounded by a number of other nebulous structures. Notable in this image is NGC 2040, a cluster associated with a ring-shaped supernova remnant directly to the east of the emission nebula. NGC 2032 is known colloquially as the Seagull Nebula because of its shape, but is not to be confused with IC 2177 in Monoceros, which is also known as the 'Seagull Nebula'. Imagery provided by Aladin sky atlas