NGC 6334

Diffuse Nebula NGC 6334 in Sorpius

The Cat's Paw Nebula

[NGC 6334]
Right Ascension 17 : 20.5 (h:m)
Declination -35 : 43 (deg:m)
Distance (kly)
Visual brightness (mag)
Apparent dimension 40. (arc min)

Discovered by John Herschel on June 7, 1837.

This beautiful nebula resembles a huge paw print in the heavens. It can be located near the tip of the Scorpion' s tail in Scorpius.

John Herschel discovered this nebula in 1837 from the Cape of Good Hope, and cataloged it as h 3678 in his 1847 catalog. It became GC 4288 in his General Catalogue of 1864, and NGC 6334 in J.L.E. Dreyer's NGC.

The image in this page was obtained by Ray Palmer. It was taken on March 29th, 2006 from Golden Grove Observatory, Western Australia. Equipment used to capture image was a Takahashi Epsilon e160 mounted on a Losmandy G-11at f/3.3, exposed for 20 min on Kodak Elite Chrome 200 unhypered.

  • More images by Ray Palmer

  • United Kingdom Schmidt Telescope image of NGC 6334
  • Jerry Lodriguss image of NGC 6334

  • SIMBAD Data for NGC 6334
  • Observing Reports for NGC 6334 (IAAC Netastrocatalog)


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