NGC 1579

Alt. Designations: NGC 1579
Object Type: reflection nebula
Constellation: Perseus
Distance: 2.1 kly
Right Ascension: 04h 30m 14.2s
Declination: +35° 16´ 47"
Visual Magnitude:
Apparent Dimension: 12.0´ X 8.0´
Best Month To View: Nov

 Colorful NGC 1579 resembles the better known Trifid Nebula, but lies much farther north in the constellation Perseus. About 2,100 light-years away and 3 light-years across, NGC 1579 is a captivating study in color. Like the Trifid, NGC 1579 is a dusty star forming region providing contrasting emission and reflection nebulae in the same field - the characteristic red glow of hydrogen gas and the blue of reflected starlight. Also like the Trifid, dark dust lanes are prominent in the nebula's central regions. In fact, obscuring dust is pervasive in NGC 1579, drastically dimming the visible light from the massive, young, hot stars still embedded in the cosmic cloud.