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NGC 2371 Facts

NGC 2371 Facts Planetary Nebula in Gemini

NGC 2371 is a planetary nebula object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of about 4,500.00 light years away in the constellation of Gemini.

It is also referred to as NGC(2371) 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 Planetary Nebula's location is 07:25:33.83 (R.A.) and 29:29:39.20 (Dec.). Its Visual (Apparent) Brightness is 13.00 Magnitude . The object can not be seen by the naked eye from Earth, you need a telescope to see it.

The star is in the centre of the image which wsa once a red giant but is now just a white dwarf with temperatures of about 240,000 Fahrenheit.

This picture is a false colour image with the different colours representing different gasses. Nitrogen (Red), Hydrogen (Green), Oxygen (Blue)

Travel Time to NGC 2371

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 A3807364,100,237,541.44
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2693,933,137,961.39
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.541,966,566,417.62
New Horizons Probe33,00091,447,722.14
Speed of Light670,616,629.004,500.00

Fact File

NameNGC 2371
TypePlanetary Nebula
NGC Id2371
Right Ascension07:25:33.83
Distance (Lt.Yr)4,500
Visual / Apparent Magnitude13.00
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes
DiscovererWilliam Herschel
Angular Size 0.727 0.727 90 (Rad) D
Radial Velocity21.0
CoprightSpace Telescope

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