The Running Chicken Nebula in the constellation of Centaurus

This chart shows the location of the Running Chicken Nebula (IC2944) in the large southern constellation of Centaurus (The Centaur). This map shows most of the stars visible to the unaided eye under good conditions and the location of the nebula itself is marked with a red circle. Although the star cluster IC 2948, associated with this nebula, is easily seen in a small telescope, the nebula is very faint and was only discovered photographically early in the 20th century.


ESO, IAU and Sky & Telescope

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Release date:21 September 2011, 12:00
Related releases:eso2320, eso1135
Size:3338 x 3056 px

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