The California Nebula

  • Carl Crum ’24

What would be even cooler than claiming the Moon? Claiming a nebula! The California Nebula is known for its elongated shape which loosely resembles the Golden State. Despite extending 100 light years in length–making it one of the largest nebulas in our local Orion Arm of the galaxy–it’s surrounded by only stars and faint molecular clouds for several trillion miles in all directions. Coincidentally, the declination of the California Nebula (+36º 25’ 18”) is the same as the latitude of central California!

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