Ghost Nebula

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Coordinates: Sky map 21h 16m 26s, +68° 15′ 37″

Ghost Nebula
IC 63 by the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter (Credits: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona)
Observation data: J2000 epoch
Right ascension 21h 16m 26s[1]
Declination+68° 15.6′[1]
Distance1,470 ly
DesignationsVdB 141, Sh2-136, IC 63
See also: Lists of nebulae

The Ghost Nebula (designated Sh2-136, VdB 141 or IC 63) is a reflection nebula located in the constellation Cepheus.

It lies near the cluster NGC 7023. Looking at the adjacent image, the nebula's name is easily understood. The Ghost nebula is referred to as a globule (cataloged CB230) and over 2 light-years across. There are several stars embedded, whose emissions make the nebula shine in brownish colour.

The Ghost Nebula should not be confused with the Little Ghost Nebula (NGC 6369) or the Ghost Head Nebula (NGC 2080).


External Links[edit]


  1. ^ a b "GN 21.15.8". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  2. ^ "The ghost of Cassiopeia". Retrieved 26 October 2018.