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NGC 2261 Hubble's Variable Nebula 2021 Version

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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.

Additional Info

  • Constellation: Monoceros
  • Right Ascension: 6h 39m 10s
  • Declination: +8° 45′
  • Distance (Lightyears): 2,500
  • Telescope: Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera: ZWO 1600MM Mono cmos
  • Magnitude: 9.0
  • Variable Type: T Tauri
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