Constellation: Monoceros
Right Ascension: 6h 39m 10s
Declination: +8° 45′
Distance: 2,500 ly
Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

So named because of its changing light and dark patterns on the nebula is though to be caused by dust clouds near the illuminating source by the star R Monocerotis casting shadows on the nebula. The star itself a T Tauri variable, is encased dense clouds of dust.

The patterns are know to change over weeks and months. Discovered by William Herschel and studied by Edin Hubble.

Telescope: Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
Camera: ZWO 1600 MM