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Yin-Yang Nebula (NGC 3596), Jin Ha Kim

Yin-Yang Nebula

NGC 3596 is an intermediate spiral galaxy in the constellation of Leo. It was discovered by Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel in 1784. Herschel is also known as the astronomer who discovered Uranus and infrared radiation.

Galaxy is a type of nebulae which is a cloud of interstellar gas, plasma, and dust. Our Milky Way is one of the billions galaxies that are known to exist. This particular galaxy is spiral shape with collections of young stars called open star clusters. It is also grouped as New General Catalogue (NGC), which is the best-well known catalogue of deep sky objects. This is one of about 8000 NGC objects.

NGC 3596 contains a yellow, bright necleus and two arms. The spiral arms in a clock-wise direction. There is a bright star next to it. Its angular size is 1.76 arcminutes while its linear size is 25 thousand light-years. The distance between NGC 3596 and our galaxy is 48.9 million light-years.


WikiSky: searched for NGC 3596


NASA/IPEC Extragalactic Database: searched for NGC 3596


Nine Planets: Types of Nabulae


The Astronomical League: Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel


Right Ascension (J2000) 11:15:06
Declination (J2000) +14:47:00
Filters used blue(B), green(V), red(R), and clear(C)
Exposure time per filter 300 seconds
Date observed

April 1, 2009