IC 2872
DSS image of IC 2872
Overlaid DSS image of IC 2872, 30' x 30' with north at top and west to the right

Aladin viewer for the region around IC 2872
Gum 40

Type  Bright Nebula
Size  5'
Right Ascension  11h 28'  (2000)
Declination  62° 58' S
Constellation  Centaurus
Description  F, pL, bM
Classification  E
Observing Notes

Harold Corwin

IC 2872 is the brightest part of a large (18 arcmin by 16 arcmin) diffuse
nebula. The IC object itself has two or three bright lobes, perhaps defined
(as in the Trifid Nebula) by dust lanes. The positions I give in the table
are eyeball means for the two and three brightest lobes, while that that
Andris measured for ESO-B perhaps includes the apparent cluster that the
nebula envelopes.

Frost's description "bM, neb. ext. 2' in R.A. and 5'.0 in Dec" matches the two
western lobes almost perfectly. His position (given only a tenth of a minute
of time and an arcminute in Dec) corresponds to a star a little east of the
midpoint of these two brighter lobes, but is still within his usual error.

Most of the fainter part of the nebula extends on to the northeast from the IC
object itself.
IC Notes by Harold Corwin
Other Data Sources for IC 2872
Nearby objects for IC 2872
4 objects found within 60'
Gum39 Gum41

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IC 2872