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Thor's Helmet Nebula (NGC 2259)





Thor's Helmet Nebula (NGC 2259)
Thor's Helmet Nebula. Image courtesy Richard Crisp
A bright nebula that surrounds, and has been blown off by the Wolf-Rayet star GSC 5407:3417 – the brightest star visible within the nebulosity. Although similar in nature to the Bubble Nebula, interactions with a nearby large molecular cloud are thought to have contributed to the more complex shape and curved bow_shock structure of Thor's Helmet. It measures some 30 light-years across and lies in the constellation Canis Major.


size 8' × 8'
distance about 15,000 light-years
position R.A. 07h 18m 36.0s
Dec: -13 12' 00"


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   • NEBULAE AND STAR CLUSTERS