Planetary Nebula Abell 63


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 51 (A55 51). In 1966 Abell published a completed list including the size and description of the 86 planetary nebulae discovered on the POSS photo plates. This PN was then listed as nebula 63. [331, 332]

Physical Properties

«Strasbourg-ESO Catalogue of Galactic Planetary Nebulae» Acker et al., 1992 [141]
Designations PN G053.8-03.0: A 63, PK 53-03.1, A55 51, ARO 161, VV' 509
Right Ascension (J2000.0) 19h 42m 10s
Declination (J2000.0) +17° 05' 08"
Dimensions 40." (optical)
C-Star Designations AG82 379, CSI +16 -19399, HV 5452, UBV 16747, UU Sge
C-Star Magnitude U: 14.35, B: 15.05, V: 14.67
C-Star Spectral Type sdO + K-MV
Discoverer ABELL 1955

Finder Chart

The planetary nebula Abell 63 is located in the constellation Sagitta. It is in opposition to the Sun on 15 July and can be observed from Switzerland from April to November.

Finder Chart Planetary Nebula Abell 63
Planetary Nebula Abell 63 in constellation Sagitta. 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°