Galactic Nebula NGC 2467

NGC 2467
NGC 2467: Image taken with MPG/ESO 2.2 telescope on La Silla. © ESO [591]


On 9 December 1784 William Herschel found an object using his 18.7 inch reflecting telescope that he put as 22nd entry (IV 22) into his fourth class which included planetary nebulae, stars with burs, with milky chevelure, with short ray, remarkable shapes and others. He described the object as follows: «Large, pretty bright, round, easily resolvable, 6 or 7' diameter, a faint red colour visible. A star of 8th magnitude not far from the center, but not connected. Second observation 9 or 10' diameter.» [463] John Herschel described the object h 472 in 1833 as: «A star 9th magnitude with a W of stars and nebulosity, or ? if not a very faint nebula about the stars - (no red colour seen).» [466] Dreyer listed this object as NGC 2467 in his «New General Catalogue». [313]

Physical Properties

NGC 2467 is a is a very active starforming region, involved in an nebula of dust and ionized gas. It contains the open clusters Haffner 18 and 19. The age is estimated to a few million years at most. The bright star in the center of the brightest region is HD 64315, a massive young star, which is helping to shape the whole nebula structure. [591]

Revised+Historic NGC/IC Version 22/9, © 2022 Dr. Wolfgang Steinicke [277]
Designation NGC 2467
Right Ascension (J2000.0) 07h 52m 26.0s
Declination (J2000.0) -26° 26' 12"
Visual magnitude 7.1 mag
Metric Distance 1.355 kpc
Identification, Remarks WH IV 22; h 472; GC 1589; LBN 1065; OCL 668; ESO 493-SC25

Finder Chart

NGC 2440 is located in the constellation Puppis. Due to its southern location, the best observation time is between November and February.

Finder Chart Galactic Nebula NGC 2467
Galactic Nebula NGC 2467 in constellation Puppis. 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°


  • [149] SkySafari 6 Pro, Simulation Curriculum;
  • [160] The STScI Digitized Sky Survey;
  • [277] «Historische Deep-Sky Kataloge» von Dr. Wolfgang Steinicke; (2021-02-17)
  • [313] «A New General Catalogue of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars, being the Catalogue of the late Sir John F.W. Herschel, Bart., revised, corrected, and enlarged» Dreyer, J. L. E. (1888); Memoirs of the Royal Astronomical Society. 49: 1–237; Bibcode:1888MmRAS..49....1D
  • [463] «Catalogue of one thousand new nebulae and clusters of stars» William Herschel, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 1 January 1786; DOI:10.1098/rstl.1786.0027
  • [466] «Observations of nebulæ and clusters of stars, made at Slough, with a twenty-feet reflector, between the years 1825 and 1833» John Frederick William Herschel, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, 1 January 1833, Pages: 359-505; DOI:10.1098/rstl.1833.0021
  • [591] NGC 2467 and surroundings; (2023-02-11)