NGC 2264, Cone Nebula, Fox Fur Nebula

This wide-field image of the Christmas Tree Cluster was taken at the National Science Foundation's 0.9-meter telescope on Kitt Peak with the NOAO Mosaic CCD camera. Also known as NGC2264, it is an open cluster of stars embedded in a diffuse nebula. It is located in the constellation of Monoceros, the Unicorn. The image also contains two famous nebula. At the bottom center of the image is the Cone Nebula, and to the upper left is the Fox Fur Nebula. The bright star just above the center of the image is known as S Mon. The gentle arcs in orange and blue near the center of the image are Herbig Haro objects, jets of gas from protostars embedded in the nebula. In this image north is up and east is to the right. This image was created by combining emission-line images in Hydrogen-alpha (red-orange), Oxygen [O III] (light blue) and Sulfur [S II] (blue-violet).

Credit:

T.A. Rector (NRAO/AUI/NSF and NOIRLab/NSF/AURA) and B.A. Wolpa (NOIRLab/NSF/AURA)

About the Image

Id:noao-04493
Type:Observation
Release date:June 30, 2020, 9:34 p.m.
Size:7875 x 8089 px

About the Object

Name:Christmas Tree Cluster, Cone Nebula, Fox Fur Nebula, NGC 2264, S Mon
Constellation:Monoceros
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):6 41 4.18
Position (Dec):9° 43' 35.33"
Field of view:55.74 x 57.26 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 0.2° right of vertical


Colors & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
Sll
672 nmWIYN 0.9-meter Telescope
Mosaic 1
Optical
Olll
499 nmWIYN 0.9-meter Telescope
Mosaic 1
Optical
Ha
656 nmWIYN 0.9-meter Telescope
Mosaic 1