Nebulosity in Perseus (NGC1579)

Additional Information

North is up in this image. 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 constellation Sagittarius.  Prominent dark nebulae are also visible in this image.  Just to the upper left of NGC1579 is a small bluish reflection nebula called IC2067,


NGC1579 has a strong red color similar to an  HII region but recent research finds that it is largely a reflection nebula that has become reddened by the high amount of dust in the line of sight.  There are apparently small areas of H II regions where star formation is occurring.  


NGC 1579 lies approximately 21,000 light years away. It has a diameter of 3 light years






Exposure information

  • Camera: QSI 660 WSG 
  • Exposures: Luminance 14 X 15 min., RGB 5 X 7 min. binned X2
  • Telescope: Stellarvue 70mm apo at f4.8
  • Mount: Takahashi EM 11 Temma 2M
  • Location: Blue Canyon, CA
  • Date: 12/3/2018
  • Imager: D. Weixelman