NGC 206: Starcloud in the Andromeda Galaxy M31

Star Cloud NGC 206 in the Andromeda Galaxy M31 in Andromeda
[NGC 206 image]
Right Ascension 0 : 40.6 (h:m)
Declination +40 : 44 (deg:m)
Distance 2900 (kly)
Apparent Dimension 4.2 (arc min)

This giant starcloud in the Andromeda Galaxy, similar to but larger than M24, is bright enough that William Herschel has given it a separate catalog number: H V.36 (based on his observation on October 17, 1786).

Our image was obtained by Jack Schmidling with a 16-inch Newton exposed 40 minutes on Technical Pan film. From his M31 page.

[NGC 206 field, DIRECT]

Barbara Mochejska created this color image of the NGC 206 field of M31 from data of the DIRECT project, an attempt to directly determine the distances of the Local Group galaxies M31 and M33, with Cepheid and eclipsinf binary variables. The data were acquired with the F. L. Whipple Observatory (FLWO)'s 1.2-meter telescope and the Michigan-Dartmouth-MIT (MDM)'s 1.3-meter telescope.

  • This image has been selected as Astronomy Picture of the Day April 2, 1999

    Also note Martin Germano's image of the southwestern part of M31, showing M32 and NGC 206, and in particular the higher-res magnification of the NGC 206 and M32 part of this image.

  • NED Data for NGC 206
  • SIMBAD Data of NGC 206
  • Observing Reports for NGC 206 (IAAC Netastrocatalog)

    Hartmut Frommert
    Christine Kronberg

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