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Witch Head Nebula (NGC1909)

Witch Head Nebula (NGC1909) Reflection Nebula in Eridanus

Witch Head Nebula (NGC1909) is a reflection nebula object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of 1000 light years away in the constellation of Eridanus.

It is also referred to as NGC(1909) 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 Reflection Nebula's location is 05:02:00 (R.A.) and -7:54 (Dec.). The object can not be seen by the naked eye, you need a telescope to see it.

Although situated in the Eridanus constellation, the map below shows the Orion constellation because the Witch Head is located near to Rigel which lights up the nebula. Also the constellation of Orion is much easier to recognise. There is also a Wizard Nebula located in the constellation of Cepheus.

Witch Head Nebula featured in Andromeda where there was a battle between the High Guard and the Nietzscheans. The High Guard lost the battle.

To see the object, you would need a telescope of at least 4.5 - 6 inch view.

When best to see the Witch Head Nebula

The Witch-Head Nebula is one of the easiest nebulas to see by virtue of its location to the Orion constellation which is the easiest constellation to spot in the night sky.

Northern Hemisphere

Once you have located Orion, look to the west of Rigel and you should see the fuzz that is the Witch-Head Nebula. Its a large nebula, located to the south of Cursa in the constellation of Eridanus. Orion is a winter constellation, November -> May. It can be seen at about 9pm during those months but only early in the later months.

Southern Hemisphere

Orion is best viewed from December to April in the southern hemisphere. It can be viewed but if I gave all the permutations we'd be here for too long. Whilst in the northern hemisphere you looked down from the Belt of Orion, here you look up to Rigel and again to the west to see the nebula.

Fact File


NameWitch Head Nebula (NGC1909)
TypeReflection Nebula
NGC Id1909
ConstellationEridanus
Right Ascension05:02:00
Declination-7:54
Distance (Lt.Yr)1000
Apparent Dimension13
Apparent Magnitude13.00000
Naked Eye VisibleRequires a 4.5 - 6 Inch Telescope - Magnitudes

Location of Witch Head Nebula (NGC1909) in Eridanus


Witch Head Nebula (NGC1909) Reflection Nebula in Eridanus

The image above showing the location of the object was generated using the free application Stellarium.


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