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Cat's Paw Nebula (NGC6334) Facts

Cat's Paw Nebula (NGC6334) Facts Emission Nebula in Scorpius

Cat's Paw Nebula (NGC6334) is an emission nebula object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of about 5,500 light years away in the constellation of Scorpius.

It is also referred to as NGC(6334) in the New General Catalogue. This is a list of deep space objects that was compiled by John Louis Emil Dreyer in 1888 in an update to John Herschel earlier catalogue.

The Emission Nebula's location is 17:19:58 (R.A.) and -35:57:47 (Dec.).

Cat's Paw Nebula (NGC6334) has a radius of 40 light years or to put it another way, it has a diameter of 80 light years. It would take a space ship 80 years travelling at the speed of light to get from one side to the other.

The Cats Paw nebula is a star-forming nebula, a stellar nursery. The stars created here would be ten times the mass of our Sun. The stars produced there would be quite young in the last few million years. N.A.S.A.

The Nebula was discovered by John Herschel as he scanned the southern skies. The Cats Paw Nebula is not far from the Lobster Nebula when you look at the skies. They are thousands of light years apart. The Cats Paw is 5,000 Light Years away whereas the Lobster Nebula is 8,000 light years. The picture copyrighted E.S.O. will show you how close they look together. The Lobster is in the bottom right corner.

The Lobster and Cats Paw Nebulas

Fact File


NameCat's Paw Nebula (NGC6334)
TypeEmission Nebula
NGC Id6334
ConstellationScorpius
Right Ascension17:19:58
Declination-35:57:47
Distance (Lt.Yr)about 5,500
Radius (Lt.Yr)40.00
DiscovererJohn Herschel


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