GCRV 4981 Eskimo Nebula

Stellar classification



  • X 235
  • Y 239
  • Z -726
→ Sol: 800

Object type

  • Planetary Nebula
  • Star
  • Emission-line Star
  • Infra-Red source
  • Radio-source
  • Variable Star
simbad:NGC 2392


The Eskimo Nebula (NGC 2392), also known as the Clownface Nebula or Caldwell 39, is a bipolar double-shell planetary nebula (PN). It was discovered by astronomer William Herschel in 1787. The formation resembles a person's head surrounded by a parka hood. It is surrounded by gas that composed the outer layers of a Sun-like star. The visible inner filaments are ejected by a strong wind of particles from the central star. The outer disk contains unusual light-year-long filaments.

NGC 2392 lies more than 2,870 light-years away and is visible with a small telescope in the constellation of Gemini.

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