IC 59 is 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 primarily
a reflection nebula, appearing blue
in photographs because of scattered starlight.
|IC 59 (bluish, below center), IC 63 (bright red,
upper right), and Gamma Cassiopeiae.
||10' × 3'
||600 light-years (180 pc)
||R.A. 00h 57m 42.4s,
Dec. +61° 04' 59.8"
AND STAR CLUSTERS