Heart Nebula (IC 1805)

Heart Nebula (1805)

The Heart Nebula (IC 1805) is an emission nebula located in the Perseus Arm of our galaxy in the constellation Cassiopeia. It lies about 7,500 light-years away. The brightest part of the nebula – the bright region near the center – is classified separately as NGC 896, because it was the first part to be discovered. An open cluster in the central region, called Melotte 15, contains some stars up to 50 times as massive as the Sun.


Right ascension: 02h 32m 35.57s, declination: +61° 29' 2.3"; apparent magnitude: 18.3; apparent dimensions: 60' × 60'.