the Orion Arm of the spiral Milky Way Galaxy, the outline of
California appears to some in this cosmic cloud. As this
nebula is in "our hood," our own Sun also lies within the Milky Way's
Orion Arm only 1,500 light-years from this nebula.
Also known as NGC 1499, this classic emission nebula is around 100
light-years long. The most prominent glow of the California
the red light. The characteristic hydrogen atom sign.
A regular target for astrophotographers, the California Nebula can be
spotted with a telescope. Look towards the
constellation Perseus, near the Pleiades.