NGC 6334

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NGC 6334
Emission nebula
Spitzer view of NGC 6334.jpg
Observation data: J2000 epoch
Right ascension 17h 19m 58s[1]
Declination −35° 57′ 47″[1]
Distance 5500 ± 970 ly[2] ly
Apparent dimensions (V) 40'x23'
Constellation Scorpius
Physical characteristics
Radius 40 ly
Designations ESO 392-EN 009,[1]
Sharpless 8, RCW 127,
Gum 64
See also: Lists of nebulae

NGC 6334 (also known as the Cat's Paw Nebula, Bear Claw Nebula and Gum 64) is an emission nebula and star-forming region located in the constellation Scorpius.[3] It was discovered by astronomer John Herschel in 1837, who observed it from the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa.[4]



  1. ^ a b c "Basic data: NGC 6334 -- SuperNova Remnant". SIMBAD Astronomical Database. Retrieved 2007-04-10. 
  2. ^ "Statistical study of OB stars in NGC 6334 and NGC 6357". Bibcode:2012A&A...538A.142R. doi:10.1051/0004-6361/201117299. 
  3. ^ Nemiroff, R.; Bonnell, J., eds. (2003-07-17). "The Cat's Paw Nebula". Astronomy Picture of the Day. NASA. Retrieved 2007-11-05. 
  4. ^ "NGC 6334 - The Cat's Paw Nebula". SEDS Database. SEDS. Retrieved 2008-04-15. 

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Coordinates: Sky map 17h 19m 58s, −35° 57′ 47″