NGC 1360

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NGC 1360
NGC1360 Planetary Nebula from the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter Schulman Telescope courtesy Adam Block.jpg
NGC 1360
Observation data
(Epoch J2000)
Right ascension 03h 33m 14.646s[1]
Declination −25° 52′ 18.214″[1]
Distance 1,145 ly (351 pc)[1]
1,794 ly (550 pc)[2]
Apparent magnitude (V) 9.4[3]
Apparent dimensions (V) 11.0 × 7.5 arcmin[3]
Constellation Fornax
Physical characteristics
Notable features 11.4v magnitude central star[3]
Other designations PK220-53.1, ESO 482-PN007, AM 0331-260, GC 5315, PN G220.3-53.9, CD-26 1339
See also: Planetary nebula, Lists of nebulae

NGC 1360, also known as the Robin's Egg Nebula,[4] is a planetary nebula in the constellation of Fornax. It was identified as a planetary nebula due to its strong radiation in the OIII (oxygen) bands. Reddish matter, believed to have been ejected from the original star before its final collapse, is visible in images.[5] It is slightly fainter than IC 2003.

NGC 1360 was discovered in January 1868 by the German astronomer Friedrich August Theodor Winnecke.[6]



  1. ^ a b c "SIMBAD Astronomical Database". Results for NGC 1360. Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  2. ^ Smith, H. (9 April 2015). "On the distances of planetary nebulae" (PDF). Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 449 (3): 2980–3005. arXiv:1409.3422free to read. Bibcode:2015MNRAS.449.2980S. doi:10.1093/mnras/stv456. 
  3. ^ a b c "NGC/IC Project". Results for IC 1295. Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
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  5. ^ Astrosurf
  6. ^ Students for the Exploration and Development of Space. "Friedrich August Theodor Winnecke (February 5, 1835 - December 3, 1897)". Retrieved March 18, 2012.  External link in |publisher= (help)

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