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Nebula

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Target Type R. A. Dec. Constellation Magnitude Size M20 (NGC 6514) Bright Nebula 18h 02m 36s -23° 02′ 00″ Sagittarius 6.3 29×27 arcmins Overview The Trifid Nebula was discovered by Charles Messier in June 1764. Its name literally means ‘three lobes’ and while detailed images like the one below appear to show four lobes, we […]

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M1, the Crab Nebula in Taurus

Target Type R. A. Dec. Constellation Magnitude Size M1 (NGC 1952) Bright Nebula 05h 34m 00s +22° 01′ 00″ Taurus 8.4 6.0×4.0 arcmins Overview The Crab Nebula is the remains of a supernova (star explosion) in the constellation Taurus. It’s believed to be the one documented in China nearly 1000 years ago, in 1054. At

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M16, Eagle Nebula in Serpens

Target Type R. A. Dec. Constellation Magnitude Size M16 (NGC 6611) Bright Nebula 18h 18m 48s -20° 52′ 41″ Serpens +6.4 35×28 arcmins Overview Messier saw this nebula in 1764, and was the first to see its nebulosity. The first person to observe the region itself was Philippe Loys de Chéseaux in 1745 or 1746.

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M78, Bright Nebula in Orion

Target Type R. A. Dec. Constellation Magnitude Size M78 (NGC 2068) Bright Nebula 05h 46m 42s 00° 03′ 00″ Orion +8.30 8.0 x 6.0 arcmin Overview We’ve probably all seen M42 and M43, the most famous of all the night sky’s nebulae, surrounding Orion’s belt. This nebula is still a part of Orion, but is

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