The Tarantula Nebula, 30 Doradus, Looped Nebula
|Right Ascension||05 : 38.7 (h:m)
|Declination||-69 : 06 (deg:m)
|Visual Brightness|| 8 (mag)
|Apparent Dimension||40 x 25 (arc min)|
Discovered by Lacaille in 1751.
The Tarantula Nebula NGC 2070 was first cataloged as a star, 30 Doradus. It was recognized to be a nebula by Nicholas Louis de Lacaille on December 5, 1751.
The name "Tarantula" is most commonly used for this object, but Mark R. Chartrand, in his Skyguide, also gives reference to the names "Great Looped Nebula" (probably for its appearance) and "True Lovers' Knot"; "Looped Nebula" goes back to John Herschel.
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In the Astronomical League's Southern Sky Binocular Club list. In John Caldwell's list. Caldwell 103.
Last Modification: June 15, 2006