In Gemini, not too far southeast of Delta, is a large, bright planetary nebula. H.IV.45 is almost circular, being made up of a bright triangular core surrounded by wispy gas. This gives the appearance of an eskimo head with headdress; hence the name. Being adjacent to a star of the eighth magnitude, H.IV.45 is of the eighth magnitude itself. The central star is hard to pick out in the bright core.
|OTHER NAMES:||Eskimo Nebula, H.IV.45|
|SIZE:||0.8' x 0.7'|
|MAGNITUDE OF CENTRAL STAR:||+11|
|DISTANCE:||1360 light years|
|POSITION:||07h 27m +20d 58'|
|DATE OF SKETCH:||01/05/76|