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NGC 5367 - a small reflection nebula in the constellation of Centaurus

Description of object:

NGC 5367 (IC 4347) is a little known, very small reflection nebula in the constellation Centaurus. The reflection nebula is associated with the cometary globule CG12, but with the short focal length and the too low exposure time (12 x 300 s.) it is visible only in a hint. The blue stars illuminating the nebula form the double star system h 4636, they belong to the spectral type B4 and B7. NGC 5367 and CG 12 have a distance of about 2000 lightyears to the solar system.
The distance between both 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 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.

More information on this region can be found here and here. We show a "deeper" exposed and higher resolution image here.

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