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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 5,500.00 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

Travel Time to Cat's Paw Nebula (NGC6334)

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Airbus A3807365,011,401,439.54
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2694,807,168,619.48
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.542,403,581,177.10
New Horizons Probe33,000111,769,438.17
Speed of Light670,616,629.005,500.00

Fact File

NameCat's Paw Nebula (NGC6334)
TypeEmission Nebula
NGC Id6334
Right Ascension17:19:58
Distance (Lt.Yr)5,500
Radius (Lt.Yr)40.00
DiscovererJohn Herschel

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