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Diffuse Nebula NGC 7000 (= H V.37 ?) in Cygnus
North America Nebula
Right Ascension 20 : 58.8 (h:m)
Declination +44 : 20 (deg:m)
Distance 1.6 (kly)
Apparent Dimension 120 x 100 (arc min)
Perhaps discovered by William Herschel in 1786. Discovered by John Herschel before 1833.
This nebula is lying 3 degrees from bright Deneb, Alpha Cygni. Some people claim it may be visible to the naked eye under good, dark conditions, and a preferred object for amateur astrophotographers. The distance to the North America Nebula is estimated at 1,600 light years. The North America Nebula was perhaps detected by William Herschel. It was first photographed by Max Wolf on December 12, 1890.