NGC 6072

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NGC 6072
Emission nebula
Planetary nebula
NGC 6072.jpg
A Spitzer Space Telescope image of NGC 6072
Observation data: J2000 epoch
Right ascension16h 12m 58.363s[1]
Declination−36° 13′ 47.40″[1]
Distance3,060 ly (939 pc)[1]
3,320 ly (1,017 pc)[2] ly
Apparent magnitude (V)14[3]
Apparent dimensions (V)70[2]
DesignationsIRAS F16097-3606, NGC 6072[4]
See also: Lists of nebulae

NGC 6072 is a planetary nebulae in the southern constellation of Scorpius. It has a dynamical age of 104 years. Its circumstellar envelope is likely to be rich in carbon as it has very strong CN (cyanide) spectral lines. CN spectral lines are generally not detected in oxygen rich AGB (asymptotic giant branch) circumstellar envelopes. NGC 6072 also shows H2 (hydrogen) emission and intense CO (carbon monoxide) emission which has been mapped displaying bipolarity and some gas at high velocity. The evolution of this planetary nebulae is likely to be dominated by photodissociation and ion/radical molecular reactions. Shock chemistry is also likely to be important.

An analysis of Gaia data suggests that the central star is a binary system.[5]


  1. ^ a b c Brown, A. G. A.; et al. (Gaia collaboration) (August 2018). "Gaia Data Release 2: Summary of the contents and survey properties". Astronomy & Astrophysics. 616. A1. arXiv:1804.09365. Bibcode:2018A&A...616A...1G. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201833051. Gaia DR2 record for this source at VizieR.
  2. ^ a b Stanghellini, L.; et al. (2008). "The Magellanic Cloud Calibration of the Galactic Planetary Nebula Distance Scale". The Astrophysical Journal. 689 (1): 194–202. arXiv:0807.1129. Bibcode:2008ApJ...689..194S. doi:10.1086/592395. S2CID 119257242.
  3. ^ "Students for the Exploration and Development of Space". Results for NGC 6072. Archived from the original on December 28, 2012. Retrieved 2009-03-21.
  4. ^ "NGC 6072". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 2022-01-01.
  5. ^ Chornay, N.; et al. (2021). "Towards a more complete sample of binary central stars of planetary nebulae with Gaia". Astronomy & Astrophysics. 648: A95. arXiv:2101.01800. Bibcode:2021A&A...648A..95C. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/202140288. S2CID 230770301.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to NGC 6072 at Wikimedia Commons