NGC 6188

NGC 6188

NGC 6188
emission nebula
NGC 6188 and the associated star cluster NGC 6193
Observation data: J2000.0 epoch
Right ascension 16h 40m 05s[1]
Declination −48° 47′[1]
Distance 4,000 ly
Apparent dimensions (V) 20 x 12 arcmins[1]
Constellation Ara
Physical characteristics
Radius 300 ly

NGC 6188 is an emission nebula located about 4,000 light years away in the constellation Ara. The bright open cluster NGC 6193, visible to the naked eye, is responsible for a region of reflection nebulosity within NGC 6188.[1][2]

NGC 6188 is a star forming nebula, and is sculpted by the massive, young stars that have recently formed there – some are only a few million years old. This spark of formation was probably caused when the last batch of stars went supernova.


  1. ^ a b c d  
  2. ^ Filmer, Joshua. "Fighting Dragons of Ara". Retrieved 31 January 2014. 

External links

  • APOD, December 28, 2012 - NGC 6188 and NGC 6164
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day: 01/27/14 – Fighting Dragons of Ara