Wednesday, 20 November 2019 13:45

Messier 76

Messier 76 is a planetary nebula located in Perseus. Sometimes referred to as the little Dumbbell Nebula or Barbell Nebula. Spanning around 1.2 light years across and located some 2,500 light years away makes it one of the more challenging Messier objects.

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Friday, 25 October 2019 14:33

NGC 7662 The Blue Snowball Nebula

One of these lights is not like the rest, tiny NGC 7662 aka The Blue Snowball. It is a planetary nebula located in the constellation of Andromeda. The bright star in the top left corner is 13 And.

Annotated image follows...

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Friday, 11 October 2019 11:55

NGC 6781

NGC 6781 is a planetary nebula located in Aquila. It's outer shells blown off from the central star in its transition from red giant to white dwarf spans some two light years across.

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019 22:27

NGC 7008

NGC 7008 is a planetary nebula located in Cygnus. it is sometimes called the Fetus Nebula. The shell is unusual in that it appears to have two different shells. One possibility that it was a binary star system with two different shells formed from each of the stars as each star with through the same red giant phase.

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Thursday, 05 September 2019 18:45

M 57 (2019)

M57 also called the Ring Nebula is a planetary nebula (planetary nebula have nothing to do with planets). They are formed when a star near the end of its evolutionary life expels its outer layers as it shrinks down to the white dwarf stage. The planetary nebula name comes from the early days when nebula such as this looked like planetary disks to the early observers.   

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 15:29

NGC 1501

Sometimes called the Oyster Nebula, NGC 1501 is a planetary nebula located in Camelopardalis (The Giraffe). The central star shed its outer layers and those layers are now illuminated by the central star. The central star is also reported to be a pulsating variable star with an extremely short period of brightness changes.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 13:06

M 57 (2018)

Messier 57 is a planetary nebula located in the constellation of Lyra. Often referred to as the Ring nebula as it resembles a small ring visually in a telescope. A planetary nebula is formed when a star in the latter stages of its life swells up into a red giant phase and the outer layers are expelled into the surrounding space as the star contracts down to a white dwarf. The ionizing radiation causes the surrounding gas to fluoresce.

Independently discovered by Charles Messier and Antoine Darquier de Pellepoix in January 1779.

Imaged with the ES127 refractor and the Atik314L+ mono camera.

Also visible in this highly stretched version are several background galaxies.

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 17:43

M 27 (2018)

Messier 27 or commonly called the Dumbbell Nebula or Apple Core nebula due to its appearance visually through a telescope. It is a planetary nebula which is a misnomer as it has nothing to do with planets. It is formed as a star enters it's last stages of its life as the outer layers swell out and before they dissipate out into space. The surrounding layers are ionized by the remaining hot core. The remains of the star eventually contract down into a white dwarf to slowly cool over the eons. The central white dwarf is one of the largest known white dwarfs. The estimated age of the nebula is around 14,600 years.

Imaged with the ES127 refractor and the Atik 314L+ mono camera.

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Tuesday, 27 March 2018 18:01

M 46 Open Cluster and Planetary Nebula Times 2

Messier 46 is an open cluster located in the constellation of Puppis. The cluster contains approximately 500 stars and is estimated to be 300 million years old. Also visible in the cluster is a planetary nebula designated NGC 2438, however the nebula does not appear to be part of the cluster as it's radial velocity is different. Also barely visible is another planetary PK231+4.1 up and left of M46.

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 12:00

M 27 (2017)

Messier 27 is often called the Dumbbell Nebula or Apple Core Nebula because of the brighter lobes on each side of it. It is located in the constellation of Vulpecula, at a distance of 1300 light years.

M27 is a planetary nebula which is a bit of a misnomer since it has nothing to do with planets. The first ones discovered looked a bit like planetary systems, but planetary nebula are created when a dieing star casts off its outer layers after a star's red giant phase. The nebula is made to glow from ionizing radiation from the remains of the star core which shrinks down to form a white dwarf.

Messier 27 was the first planetary nebula cataloged by Charles Messier.

Imaged with the RC10, and the ZWO 1600 MMC monochrome camera.


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