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NGC 7000 North American Nebula
NGC 7000, often referred to as the "North American Nebula" due to its conspicuous shape, is a region of a much larger area of hydrogen emission covering much of the constellation Cygnus. It lies 3 degrees east of the bright star, Deneb, seen to the right of this photograph. IC 5070, the "Pelican Nebula" lies just to the west of NGC 7000, just off the "east coast." The complex lies at a distance of 1600 light years.
is famous partly because it resembles Earth's continent of North America. To the right of the
North America Nebula, cataloged as
NGC 7000, is a less luminous
Pelican Nebula. The two emission
nebula measure about 50 light-years across,
are located about 1500
light-years away, and are separated by a
dark absorption cloud. The nebulae can be seen with binoculars from a dark location.
Look for a
small nebular patch
north-east of bright star
Deneb in the constellation of Cygnus. It is still unknown which star or stars
ionize the red-glowing hydrogen gas.
Image by Jason Ware