|NGC 1499, California Nebula|
Image ID : N1499_02
|300 dpi print width||3.4 inches||8.7 centimetres|
|300 dpi print height||3.4 inches||8.7 centimetres|
The star just south of NGC 1499 is Zeta Persei, Menkib, a white supergiant which shines over 6,300 times brighter than our own Sun. It is probably this star, a member of an association of bright stars known as the Perseus OB2 association, that is responsible for illuminating NGC 1499.
Credit : Planetary Visions Limited / Richard Crisp.