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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 2.700 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.

Fact File


NameCone Nebula (NGC2264)
TypeDark Nebula
NGC Id2264
ConstellationMonoceros
Right Ascension06:41.15
Declination+09:21
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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