|Observation data: J2000.0 epoch|
|Right ascension||17h 23m 30s|
|Distance||650 ly (200 pc)|
|Apparent magnitude (V)||–|
|Apparent dimensions (V)||37 × 17 arcmins|
|Radius||a few ly|
|Absolute magnitude (V)||–|
|See also: Lists of nebulae|
The Snake Nebula (also known as Barnard 72) is a dark nebula in the Ophiuchus constellation. It is a small but readily apparent S-shaped dust lane that snakes out in front of the Milky Way star clouds from the north-north-west edge of the bowl of the Pipe Nebula. Its thickness runs between 2′ and 3′ and runs around 6′ in the north-west / south-east orientation. A good view in a 4" to 6" telescope requires clear dark skies.
It is part of the much larger Dark Horse Nebula.
- The Snake Nebula on WikiSky: DSS2, SDSS, GALEX, IRAS, Hydrogen α, X-Ray, Astrophoto, Sky Map, Articles and images