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3/02/2011: NGC 1499, The California Nebula. Drifting through the Orion Arm of the spiral Milky Way Galaxy, this cosmic cloud echoes the outline of California on the west coast of the United States. Our own Sun also lies within the Milky Way's Orion Arm, only about 1,500 light-years from the California Nebula. The classic emission nebula is around 100 light-years long.
NGC 2237 Inside the nebula lies an open cluster of bright young stars designated NGC 2244. These stars formed about four million years ago from the nebular material and their stellar winds are clearing a hole in the nebula's center, insulated by a layer of dust and hot gas. Ultraviolet light from the hot cluster stars causes the surrounding nebula to glow. The Rosette Nebula spans about 100 light-years across, lies about 5000 light-years away, and can be seen with a small telescope
Iris Nebula, located in Cepheus constellation; bright reflection nebula; 1300 light years away, 6 light years across.