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About this Object

Object Name:

Hubble's Variable Nebula • NGC 2261 • R Monocerotis Nebula

Object Description:

Reflection Nebula in the Milky Way Galaxy

Position (J2000):

R.A. 06h 39m 10.49s
Dec. 08° 43' 29.44"

Constellation:

Monoceros

Total Visual Magnitude:

V=16.1 (central star)

Distance:

800 pc (2600 light-years)

Dimensions:

The image is 2.5 arcminutes on the vertical side.

About the Data

Instrument:

WFPC2

Exposure Date:

February 5, 1995

Exposure Time:

1.6 hours

Filters:

Blue: F555W (V), Green: F675W (R), Red: F814W (I)

Colors:

Chromatically Ordered

Principal Astronomers:

W. Sparks and S. Baggett (STScI) and collaborators

About this Image

Image Credit:

NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Release Date:

October 7, 1999 12:00 noon (EDT)

Orientation/Scale:

North is toward the upper right of the image.