NGC 1990

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NGC 1990
Emission nebula
H II region
reflection nebula
Orion Belt.jpg
Nebulosity near around Orion's Belt
Observation data: J2000 epoch
Right ascension 05h 36m 16.2s
Declination −01° 12′ 07″
See also: Lists of nebulae

NGC 1990 was discovered by William Herschel in 1786 with an 18.7 inch telescope. Herschel recorded the observation in his observing code as "!!!, eL, E, ε Orionis inv p" (Spectactular, extremely large, elliptical, epsilon Orionis preceding). However, there is doubt that this object exists in reality as several visual searches and modern astrophophy have failed to identify the exact location and extent of the reflection nebula. Modern photographs of the area with cameras show ultraviolet leak that gives the false impression of a large blue nebula around ε Ori (Alnilam). More careful photography does not reveal a nebula in the area.

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