NGC1499 - The California Nebula

Credits: Keith Turnecliff

NGC1499 ia an emission nebula loacted in the constellation of Perseus.
It is so named as it appears to resemble the outline of the US state of California in long exposure photographs.
It lies about 1,000 light years from Earth.

Facts about NGC1499 by Keith Turnecliff

By coincidence, the California Nebula transits in the zenith in central California as the latitude matches the declination of the object.

This star chart represents a view from Long Itchington for mid December at 10pm.
Credits: Image courtesy of Starry Night Pro Plus 8, researched and implemented by Keith Turnecliff.