NGC 1579

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Coordinates: Sky map 04h 30m 09.5s, +35° 16′ 19″

NGC 1579
Emission nebula
H II region
NGC 1579 The Trifid of the North.jpg
NGC 1579 (Northern Trifid), as captured with the Hubble Space Telescope
Observation data: J2000 epoch
Right ascension 04h 30m 09.5s[1]
Declination+35° 16′ 19″[1]
Apparent dimensions (V)12' × 8'[2]
Physical characteristics
Radius4 ly
DesignationsLBN 767, [B77] 70, Ced 35, LBN 165.38-08.73, [SS62] 19, DG 34, SH 2-222, [TP72] 12.
See also: Lists of nebulae

NGC 1579 (also known as the Northern Trifid) is a diffuse nebula located in the constellation of Perseus. It is referred to as the Northern Trifid because of its similar appearance to the Trifid Nebula, which is located in the southern celestial hemisphere of the sky. It is a H II region, a region of star formation.[4]

The star cluster contains the emission-line star LkHα 101, which provides much of the ionizing radiation in the nebula.[5]

NGC 1579 lies within a giant molecular cloud known as the California Molecular Cloud.[6]


Wide field image of NGC 1579 from the 0.8m Schulman Telescope at the Mount Lemmon SkyCenter
HaRGB image of the Northern Trifid Nebula NGC 1579 from the Liverpool Telescope on La Palma


  1. ^ a b "NGC 1579". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 2013-06-04.
  2. ^ Seligman, Courtney. "Celestial Atlas: NGC Objects: NGC 1550 - 1599". Archived from the original on 11 July 2015. Retrieved 11 July 2015.
  3. ^ "NGC 1579". Search results for NGC 1579. Wikisky. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  4. ^ "A Hubble View of NGC 1579: The Trifid of the North". 7 Jun 2013. Retrieved 9 Jun 2013.
  5. ^ GH Herbig (2004). "LkHα 101 and the Young Cluster in NGC 1579". Astronomical Journal. 128 (3): 1233–1253. Bibcode:2004AJ....128.1233H. doi:10.1086/423043.
  6. ^ Lada, Charles J.; Lombardi, Marco; Alves, João (2009). "The California Molecular Cloud". Astronomical Journal. 703 (1): 52–59. arXiv:0908.0646. Bibcode:2009ApJ...703...52L. doi:10.1088/0004-637X/703/1/52.