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Lobster Nebula (NGC6357) Facts

Lobster Nebula (NGC6357) Facts Supernova Remnant in Scorpius

Lobster Nebula (NGC6357) is a supernova remnant object of interest in space. It lies at a distance of about 8,000.00 light years away in the constellation of Scorpius.

It is also referred to as NGC(6357) 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 Supernova Remnant's location is 17:24 (R.A.) and -34:20 (Dec.).

The Lobster nebula is also sometimes referred to as the War and Peace Nebula because part of the nebula resembles a dove, the opposite, the eastern side resembles a skull. I'll let you decide on that one. It is a star-forming area with many new large stars being formed. Being in Scorpius, it is in the general direction of the centre of the galaxy.

The Lobster Nebula is situated not far from the Cats Paw Nebula which can be seen in the top right corner of the picture. Although not shown in this picture, the Cats Paw would be located to the upper right of the Lobster. The picture below is copyright European Southern Observatory.

Travel Time to Lobster Nebula (NGC6357)

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 A3807367,289,311,184.78
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.2696,992,245,264.70
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.543,496,118,075.78
New Horizons Probe33,000162,573,728.24
Speed of Light670,616,629.008,000.00

Fact File

NameLobster Nebula (NGC6357)
TypeSupernova Remnant
NGC Id6357
Right Ascension17:24
Distance (Lt.Yr)8,000

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