NGC 206: Starcloud in the Andromeda Galaxy M31

[NGC 206 image]
Right Ascension 0 : 40.6 (h:m)
Declination +40 : 44 (deg:m)
Distance 2900 (kly)
Apparent Dimension 4.2 (arc min)

This giant starcloud in the Andromeda Galaxy, similar to but much larger than M24, is bright enough that William Herschel has given it a separate catalog number (H V.36).

Our image was obtained by Jack Schmidling with a 16-inch Newton exposed 40 minutes on Technical Pan film. From his M31 page.

[NGC 206 field, DIRECT]

Barbara Mochejska created this color image of the NGC 206 field of M31 from data of the DIRECT project, an attempt to directly determine the distances of the Local Group galaxies M31 and M33, with Cepheid and eclipsinf binary variables. The data were acquired with the F. L. Whipple Observatory (FLWO)'s 1.2-meter telescope and the Michigan-Dartmouth-MIT (MDM)'s 1.3-meter telescope.

  • This image has been selected as Astronomy Picture of the Day April 2, 1999

  • NED Data for NGC 206
  • SIMBAD Data of NGC 206
  • Observing Reports for NGC 206 (IAAC Netastrocatalog)

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