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NGC 5367 and CG12

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Gary

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NGC 5367.jpg

This is a rather complex pair of objects in the constellation Centaurus. The blue reflection nebula is NGC 5367, which is mainly notable for being illuminated by the binary star h4636. While the nebula is quite pretty, the more interesting object, for me and for the professional astronomy community, is the brownish cloud that envelopes and slightly obscures NGC 5367. This is the cometary globule CG12, which extends somewhat further off the left side of this image. Cometary globules get their name from their appearance, which vaguely resembles a rather poorly formed comet. Most of these types of globules hang about near the galactic plane but CG12 is a bit unusual in this respect. Gopinathan et al. (2004) have suggested that it sits about 200 pc (~650 light years) above the plane at a distance of 550 pc (~1800 light years) from us.  

Photo stuff:
Date: 28 June 2019; 03 July 2019
R.A.: 13h 58m 00.5s
Dec. -40° 03' 07.2"
Canon 60Da on Meade RCX400 f/8 16" with 0.70 focal reducer
36 subs @ 300s ea.; ISO 1600

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