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IC 59




IC 59, IC 63, and Gamma cassiopeiae
IC 59 (bluish, below center), IC 63 (bright red, upper right), and Gamma Cassiopeiae.
Credit: NOAO/AURA/NSF

One of two arc-shaped nebulae (the other is IC 63) that are associated with the extremely luminous star Gamma Cassiopeiae. IC 59 lies about 20' to the north of Gamma Cas and is primarilyy a reflection nebula, appearing blue in photographs because of scattered starlight.


angular size 10' × 3'
distance 600 light-years (180 pc)
position R.A. 00h 57m 42.4s,
Dec. +61° 04' 59.8"


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   • NEBULAE AND STAR CLUSTERS