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Magakian 97

DG 53, Magakian 97, VDB 38, Ced 44, Sh 2-263, HD 34989, HIP 25041

RA: 05h 21m 43s
Dec: +08° 25′ 39″

Con: Orion
Ch: MSA:230, U2:180, SA:11

Ref: [2003A&A...399..141M]

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Type: reflection nebula

Mag: B=?, V=?

Size: ?
PA: ?

Published comments

Melotte, P.J. (1926)

First announced in New nebulae shown on Franklin-Adams Chart plates. MNRAS, 86(8), 636-638.

Cederblad, S. (1946) [VII/231]

Ced 44 (+8 933)

Position (1900): RA 5 16.4, Dec + 8 20

Star: 8 933 (Mp=5.44, V=5.71, SpT=B2)

Spectrum of nebula: continuous spectrum (inferred from sp.t. of illuminating star)

Classification: Neb associated with mainly one star (which may be multiple) - Fan-shaped object (eg. IC 59)

Size: 39'x30'

Notes: "The nebula connected with +8 933 = HD 34989 = Boss 6574. Discovered by Melotte and Lundmark on the FA plates in 1926 (502). (93 Pl 6, 339, 486, 630 Pl 33, 715)."

Dorschner & Gürtler (1963)

Untersuchungen uber Reflexionsnebel.

DG 53

= Ced 44

Pos (1950.0) 05:19.1, +8:23

Size: 22x16 (blue), 30x22 (red).

Maddalena, R.J. et al. (1986)

The large system of molecular clouds in Orion and Monoceros


Table 1, p. 380: Lists object "Mel 1" as associated with the Lambda Orionis Cloud component no. 4. Other objects associated with this component are Barnard 223, LDN 1588, LDN 1589, LDN 1590, Sharpless 263, Sharpless 265, and VDB 38.

Magakian T. Yu. (2003)

= DG 53, [RK68] 22, VdB 38, GN 05.19.0, Ced 44, Other designations: Sh263

Class: C+E (emission and reflection neb)

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