The Ghost Nebula

IC 63 — nicknamed the Ghost Nebula — is about 550 light-years from Earth. The nebula is classified as both a reflection nebula — as it is reflecting the light of a nearby star — and as an emission nebula — as it releases hydrogen-alpha radiation. Both effects are caused by the gigantic star Gamma Cassiopeiae. The radiation of this star is also slowly causing the nebula to dissipate.

Credit:

ESA/Hubble, NASA

About the Image

Id:heic1818a
Type:Observation
Release date:25 October 2018, 16:00
Related releases:heic1818
Size:4072 x 4133 px

About the Object

Name:IC 63
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Emission
Milky Way : Nebula : Appearance : Reflection
Distance:600 light years
Constellation:Cassiopeia
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):0 59 7.75
Position (Dec):60° 53' 59.35"
Field of view:2.69 x 2.73 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 97.9° left of vertical

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Ultraviolet
UV
275 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
g
475 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
U
336 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
r
625 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Optical
I
814 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
H
1.6 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3
Infrared
J
1.1 μm Hubble Space Telescope
WFC3

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