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The cometary globule CG 12 and NGC 5367 - a reflection nebula in the constellation Centaurus

Object description:

NGC 5367 (IC 4347)is a little known and rarely photographed very small reflection nebula in the constellation Centaurus. The reflection nebula is associated with the cometary globule CG 12. It is a star forming region and you can see nicely how the very young stars detach from the globule and their blue light is reflected and scattered by the dust of the cool molecular cloud.

The blue stars illuminating the nebula form the double star system h 4636, they belong to the spectral type B4 and B7. The distance between the two stars is about 2500 astronomical units. Whether the two stars form a physical star system is unknown. If so, the orbital period is about 30,000 years. NGC 5367 and CG 12 have a distance of about 2000 light-years to the solar system.

NGC 5367 was discovered by John Herschel on June 26, 1834. Also observed on December 30, 1897 by American astronomer Lewis A. Swift and cataloged as IC 4347.

PGC 49 788is a Hubble-classified SB galaxy with an apparent size of 1.5 x 0.4 arcminutes. Its visual magnitude is about 14.5 magnitude class, it has a distance of about 160 million light years from Earth.

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