Distance from Earth:
10 000 light years
NGC 1931, found in the constellation Auriga has been referred to as a "miniature version of the Orion Nebula", as it shares some of the same characteristics.
It is a mixed emission-reflection nebula, and contains a smaller version of the Trapezium in its hot young star cluster centered in the emission nebula.
The entire cluster/nebula complex is only about 3 arcmin in size. The distance from earth is estimated at about 7000 light years.
The nebula is Sharpless catalog Sh 2-237.
27 December 2011
Italy - Celado
Temp = -3°C
Newton 80cm Celado
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