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Ghost of Jupiter

Ghost of Jupiter

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NGC 3242
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
NGC 3242
A Hubble Space Telescope (HST) image of core region of NGC 3242.
 
Credit: HST / NASA / ESA.
 
Observation data
 
10
h
24
m
46.1
 
-18°
38′
 
32.6
 
Distance
1400 ly
 
(V)
 
 
8.60
Apparentdimensions
(V)
 
25″
 
 
Physical characteristicsOther designations
Ghost of Jupiter, Jupiter's Ghost,
 
NGC 3242
(also known as the
Ghost of Jupiter
or
Caldwell 59
) is a planetary nebula  located in the constellation Hydra.  William Herschel discovered the nebula on February 7, 1785, and cataloged it as HIV.27. John Herschel observed it from the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa,in the 1830s, and numbered it as h 3248, and included it in the 1864 General Catalogue as GC2102; this became NGC 3242 in J. L. E. Dreyer's 
 of 1888.This planetary nebula is most frequently called the
Ghost of Jupiter 
, or
 Jupiter's Ghost 
,but it is also sometimes referred to as the
 Eye Nebula
. It can easily be observed withamateur telescopes, and appears bluish-green to most observers. Larger telescopes candistinguish the outer halo as well.
Contents
 
 
 
 
Gallery
 
 
Imaged with a 10" Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope
 
A different Hubble image of the core region
 
 
 
 
NGC 3242, 32 inch Schulman telescope on Mt. Lemmon, AZ
See also
 
 
References
1.
 
^ 
 Results for NGC 3242
 
^
 NASA Astro Pic of the Day
 
^
External links
 
Wikimedia Commons has media related to: 
 
 – 
Hubble picture andinformation on NGC 3242]
 
 
 
 
 

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