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NGC 2023 picture created from multiple images taken with the Wide Field Camera of Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys.
|Observation data: J2000 epoch|
|Type||Reflection and Emission|
|Right ascension||05h 41m 37.9s|
|Declination||−02° 15′ 52″|
|Apparent dimensions (V)||10′x10′|
|Other designations||NGC 2023 , LBN 954, VDB 52, [XT95] 6, GN 05.39.1.02, RAFGL 806, [NYS99] C-23, IRAS 05391-0217, RX J0541.8-0217, [RK68] 38|
|See also: Diffuse nebula, Lists of nebulae|
The reflection nebula NGC 2023 is in the constellation Orion. It is one of the brightest sources of fluorescent molecular hydrogen, and at 4 light-years wide it is one of the largest in the sky. It is powered by the B star (B1.5) HD 37903, the most luminous member of a cluster of young stellar objects illuminating the front surface of the Lynds 1630 molecular cloud (Barnard 33) in Orion B.
NGC 2023 forms a cavity in the surface of the cloud, some 450 parsecs from Earth. It produces a bright visual reflection nebula and an ultraviolet-excited photodissociation region. It is about a third of a degree from the Horsehead Nebula and is often included (but not indicated) in images of that object.
South part of NGC 2023 by HST, 3′ view
- "SIMBAD query result for NGC 2023". SIMBAD Astronomical Database. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- NGC 2023 on WikiSky: DSS2, SDSS, GALEX, IRAS, Hydrogen α, X-Ray, Astrophoto, Sky Map, Articles and images