Reflection Nebula IC426

IC 426 is a reflection nebula in the constellation of Orion. Reflection nebulae often look a ghostly bluish color because they reflect scattered light from bright stars nearby (the red light is absorbed by dust in the nebula). Mintaka, the westernmost star in the belt of Orion, is thought to be the star illuminating IC 426.

Credit:
T. A. Rector/University of Alaska Anchorage, H. Schweiker/WIYN and NOIRLab/NSF/AURA

About the Image

Id:noao-ic426
Type:Observation
Release date:June 30, 2020, 9:34 p.m.
Size:8295 x 3000 px

About the Object

Name:IC 426
Constellation:Orion
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 36 24.20
Position (Dec):0° 21' 42.10"
Field of view:35.88 x 13.03 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 179.9° right of vertical


Colors & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
438 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic I
Optical
V
538 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic I
Optical
I
820 nmNicholas U. Mayall 4-meter Telescope
Mosaic I