Object of the Season

The Webb Deep-Sky Society requested observations for the following deep-sky objects. Findings are published in the Deep Sky Observer (DSO).

Observations should be sent to Wolfgang Steinicke , Gottenheimerstr. 18, D-79224 Umkirch, Germany.

Object of the Season (Winter 2017)

The Crab Nebula (M1) in Taurus

The well-known Crab Nebula (M1) in Taurus was discovered by John Bevis in 1731. Messier saw it 1785 (the interesting story concerns comet Halley) and put in as the first entry in his famous catalogue. Though the supernova remnant of 1054 is an easy target, its filamentary structure is a real challenge.

This interactive image of NGC 2537 was provided by the Digitised Sky Survey (DSS) using Aladin Sky Atlas.
NGC 2537
Position (2000)
05 34 31.9 +22 00 52 (Tau)
Supernova Remnant
6' x 4' (11 x 7 ly)
6500 ly
Other Designations
M1, NGC 1952, h 357, GC 1157, LBN 833, Sh2-244, CED 53, Taurus A

Results of the observations of NGC 2537 will be published in DSO 180.

Wolfgang Steinicke - Nebulae and Clusters Section Director

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