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NGC 3242 (Jupiter's Ghost Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Hydra

NGC 3242 is a Planetary Nebula in the Hydra constellation. NGC 3242 is situated close to the celestial equator and, as such, it is at least partly visible from both hemispheres in certain times of the year.

NGC 3242
Planetary Nebula
Hydra
  • NGC 3242 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]. Its current altitude is 17° above the horizon. See also rise and set times.
  • Given its visual magnitude of 7.7, NGC 3242 is visible with the help of a binocular with a 40-50mm aperture or a small telescope.
Available Resources for NGC 3242 (Jupiter's Ghost Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Hydra

Photometric information of NGC 3242

The following table lists the magnitude of NGC 3242 in different bands of the electomagnetic spectrum (when available), from the B band (445nm wavelength, corresponding to the Blue color), to the V band ( 551nm wavelength, corresponding to Green/Yellow color), to the J, H, K bands (corresponding to 1220nm, 1630nm, 2190nm wavelengths respectively, which are colors not visible to the human eye).

8.6
7.7
12.1
12.46
11.75

For more information about photometry in astronomy, check the photometric system article on Wikipedia.

Apparent size of NGC 3242

The following table reports NGC 3242 apparent angular size. The green area displayed on top of the DSS2 image of NGC 3242 is a visual representation of it.
0.42 arcmin
0.42 arcmin

Digitized Sky Survey image of NGC 3242

The image below is a photograph of NGC 3242 from the Digitized Sky Survey 2 (DSS2 - see the credits section) taken in the red channel. The area of sky represented in the image is 0.5x0.5 degrees (30x30 arcmins).

Image of NGC 3242 (Jupiter's Ghost Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Hydra star
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DSS2 image of NGC 3242 in the Red band. The green region on the image is a representation of the major (0.42 arcmin) and minor (0.42 arcmin) axes of the object's apparent size.

Celestial coordinates and finder chart of NGC 3242

Celestial coordinates for the J2000 equinox of NGC 3242 are provided in the following table:

10h 24m 46s
-18° 38’ 31”

The simplified sky charts below show the position of NGC 3242 in the sky. The first chart has a field of view of 60° while the second one has a field of view of 10°.

Finder chart NGC 3242 (Jupiter's Ghost Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Hydra star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 3242 (Jupiter's Ghost Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Hydra.

Finder chart NGC 3242 (Jupiter's Ghost Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Hydra star
Simplified finder chart for NGC 3242 (Jupiter's Ghost Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Hydra.

Rise ans set times of NGC 3242 from your location

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's NGC 3242 (Jupiter's Ghost Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Hydra rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 108.6°
Max altitude: 19.9°
Azimuth: 251.4°
NGC 3242 (Jupiter's Ghost Nebula) - Planetary Nebula in Hydra is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom