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Cone Nebula (NGC2264) Facts

Cone Nebula (NGC2264) Facts Dark Nebula in Monoceros

Cone Nebula (NGC2264) is a dark nebula object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of about 2.70 light years away in the constellation of Monoceros.

It is also referred to as NGC(2264) 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 Dark Nebula's location is 06:41.15 (R.A.) and +09:21 (Dec.).

Cone Nebula (NGC2264) has a radius of 4 light years or to put it another way, it has a diameter of 8 light years. It would take a space ship 8 years travelling at the speed of light to get from one side to the other.

The Cone nebula (NGC2264) is a Dark Nebula that was discovered by Sir William Herschel, a German born British astronomer. In addition to discovering the Cone Nebula, he was creditted with finding the planet Uranus, the first planet since ancient times.

Travel Time to Cone Nebula (NGC2264)

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 A3807362,460,142.52
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2692,359,882.78
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.541,179,939.85
New Horizons Probe33,00054,868.63
Speed of Light670,616,629.002.70

Fact File

NameCone Nebula (NGC2264)
TypeDark Nebula
NGC Id2264
Right Ascension06:41.15
Distance (Lt.Yr)2.700
Radius (Lt.Yr)4.00
Year of Discovery1785
DiscovererSir William Herschel
CoprightN.A.S.A, Hubble Site

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