Deep Sky

California Nebula
In the Orion Arm of the spiral Milky Way Galaxy, the outline of California appears to some in this cosmic cloud.  As this nebula is in "our hood," our own Sun also lies within the Milky Way's Orion Arm only 1,500 light-years from this nebula.  Also known as NGC 1499, this classic emission nebula is around 100 light-years long.  The most prominent glow of the California Nebula is the red light.  The characteristic hydrogen atom sign.  A regular target for astrophotographers, the California Nebula can be spotted with a telescope.  Look towards the constellation Perseus, near the Pleiades.