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NGC 2371-2 is a dual lobed planetary nebula located in the constellation Gemini. Visually, it appears like it could be two separate objects; therefore, two entries were given to the planetary nebula by John Louis Emil Dreyer in the New General Catalogue, so it may be referred to as NGC 2371, NGC 2372, or variations on this name.[1]

NGC 2371
Emission nebula
Planetary nebula
NGC 2371.jpg
NGC 2371-2
Observation data: J2000 epoch
Right ascension 07h 25m 34.7s[1]
Declination+29° 29′ 25.6″[1]
Distance4400 ly ly
Apparent magnitude (V)13
Apparent dimensions (V)44
DesignationsNGC 2371,[1] NGC 2372[1]
See also: Lists of nebulae


NGC 2371-2 is in the constellation of Gemini which is visible in the latitudes between +90° and −60°. The planetary nebula appears southwest of Castor, and is located at a distance of 4400 light years.

At 13th magnitude, this nebula is well within the limits of most amateur telescopes. Like most planetary nebulae, this one responds well to both high magnification and narrow-band filters, especially an OIII emission filter. It is listed within the RASC's 110 Finest NGC List



  1. ^ a b c d e "NGC 2371". SIMBAD. Centre de données astronomiques de Strasbourg. Retrieved 2007-04-20.
  2. ^ "The Death of a Star". Retrieved 19 August 2019.

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