The Heart Nebula, IC1805 (also known as Sh2-190) lies about 7.500 light years away from our planet, and is located in the Perseus arm of our galaxy.

The nebula has a diameter of approx. 200 light years and can be found in the constellation Cassiopeia.
New stars are born in the center of this nebula, forming a small star cluster known as Melotte 15.
The bright knot of nebulosity at upper right is known as NGC896.

This nebula is the western neighbor of IC1848 (The Soul Nebula).

Other versions

Previous/older images:

Oct 23, 2011 – ST-8300M (80mm TMB-4h30m)
Oct 23, 2011 – ST-8300M (80mm TMB-4h30m)
Sep 29, 2009 – Canon 350D (80mm TMB-2h55m)

Image data

Name IC1805– The Heart Nebula
Type Emission nebula
Constellation Cassiopeia
Right ascension 02h 32m 36s
Declination +61° 29′ 02″
Distance 7.500 ly
Other designations Sh2-190