Object of the Season
The Webb Deep-Sky Society requested observations for the following deep-sky objects. Findings are published in the Deep Sky Observer (DSO).
Observations should be sent to Wolfgang Steinicke , Gottenheimerstr. 18, D-79224 Umkirch, Germany.
Object of the Season (Winter 2017)
The Crab Nebula (M1) in Taurus
The well-known Crab Nebula (M1) in Taurus was discovered by John Bevis in 1731. Messier saw it 1785 (the interesting story concerns comet Halley) and put in as the first entry in his famous catalogue. Though the supernova remnant of 1054 is an easy target, its filamentary structure is a real challenge.
- NGC 2537
- Position (2000)
- 05 34 31.9 +22 00 52 (Tau)
- Supernova Remnant
- 6' x 4' (11 x 7 ly)
- 6500 ly
- Other Designations
- M1, NGC 1952, h 357, GC 1157, LBN 833, Sh2-244, CED 53, Taurus A
Results of the observations of NGC 2537 will be published in DSO 180.
Wolfgang Steinicke - Nebulae and Clusters Section Director
Previous Objects of the Season
Object of the Season 2017
Object of the Season 2016
Object of the Season 2015
Object of the Season 2014