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California Nebula - NGC 1499

The California Nebula is a faint emission nebula in the constellation Perseus. It lies at a distance of about 1500 light years in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy and is about 100 light years in length. The name of the nebula is attributed to the resemblance of its shape to the State of California. This cloud of gas glows in the red light characteristic of ionized hydrogen as it recombines with lost electrons. Close-up of California Nebula shows this object in greater detail.

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