Planetary Nebula Abell 48


This planetary nebula was discovered in 1955 by the American astronomer George Ogden Abell on the photo plates of the Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (POSS). In 1955 he published a first list of 13 globular clusters and the positions of 73 planetary nebulae. The PN was then listed as number 36 (A55 36). In 1966 Abell published a completed list including the size and description of the 86 planetary nebulae discovered on the POSS photo plates. The PN was then listed as nebula 48 (A66 48). [331, 332]

Physical Properties

«Strasbourg-ESO Catalogue of Galactic Planetary Nebulae» Acker et al., 1992 [141]
Designations PN G029.0+00.4: A 48, PK 29+00.1, A55 36, VV' 441
Right Ascension (J2000.0) 18h 42m 49s a
Declination (J2000.0) -03° 12' 59" a
Dimensions 40." (optical)
Discoverer ABELL 1955

Finder Chart

The planetary nebula Abell 48 is located in the constellation Aquila. It is in opposition to the Sun on 30 June and can be observed from Switzerland from June to September.

Finder Chart Planetary Nebula Abell 48
Planetary Nebula Abell 48 in constellation Aquila. Charts created using SkySafari 6 Pro and STScI Digitized Sky Survey. Limiting magnitudes: Constellation chart ~6.5 mag, DSS2 close-ups ~20 mag. [149, 160]

Objects Within a Radius of 15°