North America Nebula (NGC 7000)

North America Nebula

North America Nebula (l) and Pelican Nebula (r). Image courtesy Richard Crisp

location of NGC 7000 in Cygnus

© 2003 Torsten Bronger

The North America Nebula (NGC 7000) is an emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus about 3° from Deneb, reminiscent in outline of the North American continent. It was certainly known to John Herschel before 1833 and may have been discovered by William Herschel as early as 1786. Nearby is the Pelican Nebula (IC 5070).


visual magnitude 6.0
apparent size 120' × 100'
distance 1,600 light-years
position RA 20h 58.8m,
Dec +44° 20'