Gum Catalog

Gum Catalog

The Gum catalog is an astronomical catalog of 84 emission nebulae in the southern sky. It was made by the Australian astronomer Colin Stanley Gum (1924-1960) at Mount Stromlo Observatory using wide field photography. Gum published his findings in 1955 in a study entitled A study of diffuse southern H-alpha nebulae which presented a catalog of 84 nebulae or nebular complexes. Similar catalogs include the Sharpless catalog and the RCW catalog, and many of the Gum objects are repeated in these other catalogs.

The Gum Nebula is named for Gum, who discovered it as Gum 12; it is an emission nebula that can be found in the southern constellations Vela and Puppis.

Examples

Examples from the Gum Catalog (1955); click on image for image credit, most of which are either various amateur astronomers, the ESO, ESA, or NASA

Gum A common name Images Names & Designations
Gum 4 NGC 2359 Thor's Helmet, Gum 4, Sharpless 298, NGC 2359
Gum 16 Vela Supernova Remnant Gum 16, Vela Supernova Remnant
Gum 29 RCW 49
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Gum 29, RCW 49
Gum 60 NGC 6302 Sh2-6, NGC 6302, Bug Nebula,

PK 349+01 1, Butterfly Nebula, RCW 124, Caldwell 69

Gum 64 NGC 6334 ESO 392-EN 009, Sharpless 8, RCW 127, Gum 64, NGC 6334
Gum 66 NGC 6357 Sh2-11, NGC 6357, RCW 131, Gum 66, War and Peace Nebula
Gum 72 Lagoon Nebula Sh2 25, RCW 146, Gum 72, Messier 8
Gum 76 Trifid Nebula Sh2 30, M20, NGC 6514, RCW 147, Gum 76
Gum 81 Omega Nebula Omega Nebula, M17, NGC 6618, Swan Nebula, Sharpless 45, RCW 160, Gum 81
Gum 83 Eagle Nebula
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Sh2 49, Messier 16, NGC 6611, RCW 165, Gum 83

List

  • Gum 1
  • Gum 2
  • Gum 3
  • Gum 4
  • Gum 5
  • Gum 6
  • Gum 7
  • Gum 8
  • Gum 9
  • Gum 10
  • Gum 12
  • Gum 13
  • Gum 14
  • Gum 15
  • Gum 16
  • Gum 17
  • Gum 18
  • Gum 19
  • Gum 20
  • Gum 21
  • Gum 22
  • Gum 23
  • Gum 24
  • Gum 25
  • Gum 26
  • Gum 27
  • Gum 28
  • Gum 29
  • Gum 30
  • Gum 31
  • Gum 32
  • Gum 33
  • Gum 34
  • Gum 35
  • Gum 36
  • Gum 37
  • Gum 38
  • Gum 39
  • Gum 40
  • Gum 41
  • Gum 42
  • Gum 43
  • Gum 44
  • Gum 45
  • Gum 46
  • Gum 47
  • Gum 48
  • Gum 49
  • Gum 50
  • Gum 51
  • Gum 52
  • Gum 53
  • Gum 54
  • Gum 55
  • Gum 56
  • Gum 57
  • Gum 58
  • Gum 59
  • Gum 60
  • Gum 61
  • Gum 62
  • Gum 63
  • Gum 64

References

Sources

  • Gum Nebula
  • SouthernSkyPhoto.com
  • Anglo-Australian Observatory
  • Physics Today, 2001
  • The Cloud Hunters
  • Illustrated Gum Catalog

External links

  • Illustrated and annotated commentary of Gum objects

See also