Medusa Nebula

Medusa Nebula

Medusa Nebula
Medusa nebula, 24 inch telescope on Mt. Lemmon, AZ.
Observation data
(Epoch J2000.0)
Right ascension 07h 29m 02.69s[1][2]
Declination +13° 14′ 48.4″[1][2]
Distance 1,500 ly (460 pc)[3]
Apparent magnitude (V) 15.99[1]
Apparent dimensions (V) 4 ly[3]
Constellation Gemini
Physical characteristics
Absolute magnitude (V) 7.68
Notable features Very large & very low surface brightness
Other designations Sharpless 2-274, PK 205+14 1, Abel 21 [1]

The Medusa Nebula is a large

  • The Sharpless Catalog: Sharpless 274
  • APOD picture: The Medusa Nebula
  • Images of the Universe: PK 205+14.1 The Medusa Nebula in Gemini

External links

  1. ^ a b c d "MEDUSA -- Planetary Nebula". Centre de Données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 2010-07-01. 
  2. ^ a b Cutri, R. M.; Skrutskie, M. F.; Van Dyk, S.; Beichman, C. A.; et al. (June 2003). "2MASS All Sky Catalog of point sources". The IRSA 2MASS All-Sky Point Source Catalog, NASA/IPAC Infrared Science Archive.  
  3. ^ a b Robert Nemiroff (MTU) & Jerry Bonnell (USRA) (12 June 2010). "The Medusa Nebula". Today's  
  4. ^ a b Lozinskaya, T. A. (June 1973). "Interferometry of the Medusa Nebula A21 (YM 29)". Soviet Astronomy. ADS 16: 945.  


See also

As the nebula is so big, its surface brightness is very low, with surface magnitudes of between +15.99 and +25 reported. Because of this most websites recommend at least an 8-inch (200 mm) telescope with an [O III] filter to find this object although probably possible to image with smaller apertures.

Until the early 1970s, the Medusa was thought to be a supernova remnant. With the computation of expansion velocities and the thermal character of the radio emission, Soviet astronomers in 1971 concluded that it was most likely a planetary nebula.[4]

. Greek mythology found in ancient Medusa The braided serpentine filaments of glowing gas suggests the serpent hair of [4]