Nebulas

Nebulas (27)

Ha and Reflection nebulas

Sunday, 31 March 2019 12:48

NGC 2261 - Hubble's Variable Nebula

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NGC 2261 - Hubble's Variable Nebula. Patterns in the nebula vary over time probably due to dust clouds that cover the star R Monocerotis at the tip are casting shadows on the illuminated nebula. Located in the constellation of Monoceros.…

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  • Constellation Monoceros
  • Right Ascension 6h 39m 10s
  • Declination +8° 45′
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2,500
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera Atik 314l+ Mono ccd
Thursday, 28 March 2019 15:48

The Flame and the Horse

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NGC 2024 - Flame Nebula, Barnard 33 - Horse Head Nebula, and the bright star Alnitak that ionizes the Flame causing it to glow. Thicker patches of dust and gas in front of the nebula shows up as the dark…

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  • Constellation Orion
  • Right Ascension 05h 41m 54s
  • Declination −01° 51′ 0.0″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 1350
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Thursday, 14 February 2019 15:16

Messier 1

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Messier 1 is a supernova remnant located in Taurus. In 1054, Chinese astronomers recorded a bright new star that faded away over time. For awhile it was the 2nd brightest object in the night sky after the Moon shining at…

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  • Constellation Taurus
  • Right Ascension 05h 34m 31.94s
  • Declination +22° 00′ 52.2"
  • Distance (Lightyears) 6,500+
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera Atik 314l+ Mono ccd
Wednesday, 16 January 2019 16:43

Orion Nebula and Surrounding Area

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The Orion Nebula or M42 is one of the brightest nebulae in the sky, visible as a "fuzzy" star in Orion's sword hanging from the belt. The Trapezium cluster named for the four brightest OB stars form a trapezoid figure…

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  • Constellation Orion
  • Right Ascension 05h 35m 17.3s
  • Declination −05° 23′ 28″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 1,350
  • Telescope Orion ED80cft Refractor
  • Camera ZWO ASI071 OSC cmos
Wednesday, 16 January 2019 15:29

NGC 1501

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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…

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  • Constellation Camelopardalis
  • Right Ascension 04h 06m 59.39s
  • Declination +60° 55′ 14.4″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 4000-5000
  • Telescope Explore Scientific 127 Refractor
  • Camera Atik 314l+ Mono ccd
Wednesday, 05 December 2018 23:35

The Bubble and the Open Cluster

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he Bubble Nebula or NGC 7635 is an hydrogen emission nebula with a bubble structure that is formed by stellar wind from a massive central star. Also in the field of view is the open cluster of Messier 52. M52…

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Friday, 23 November 2018 16:57

Eastern Veil Nebula

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NGC6992, or Eastern Veil Nebula, is the eastern part of a supernova remnant of a star that went supernova about 8,000 years ago. The whole object is around the diameter of 6 full Moons. Shock waves create the delicate looking…

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  • Constellation Cygnus
  • Right Ascension 20h 45m 38.0s
  • Declination +30° 42′ 30"
  • Distance (Lightyears) 1,470
Wednesday, 10 October 2018 13:06

Messier 57

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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…

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  • Constellation Lyra
  • Right Ascension 18h 53m 35.079s
  • Declination +33° 01′ 45.03″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2,300
Thursday, 04 October 2018 17:43

Messier 27

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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…

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  • Constellation Vulpecula
  • Right Ascension 19h 59m 36.340s
  • Declination +22°43’16.09”
  • Distance (Lightyears) 1,360
Tuesday, 21 August 2018 18:09

Messier 17

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Messier 17 or often called the Omega nebula or Swan nebula due to its appereance visually in a telescope. A massive nebula and star forming region located in the constellation of Sagittarius with the dense cluster of stars of the…

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  • Constellation Sagittarius
  • Right Ascension 18h 20m 26s
  • Declination −16° 10′ 36″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 5000+
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 15:03

Barnard 72 The Snake Nebula

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Barnard 72 is a dark nebula located in the constellation of Ophiuchus. Often called the Snake Nebula, the thicker regions of gas and dust blot out the light from the background stars of the Milky Way Galaxy. Several other dark…

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  • Constellation Ophiuchus
  • Right Ascension 17h 23m 30s
  • Declination −23° 38′
  • Distance (Lightyears) 650
Saturday, 23 June 2018 15:54

The Trifid and Lagoon Nebulae

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The Trifid Nebula (M20) and the Lagoon Nebula (M8) against the backdrop of the summer Milky Way Galaxy. The Trifid is a combination of an emission nebula, the reddish glow, a dark nebula, the dark areas in the nebula and…

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Saturday, 16 June 2018 00:26

Messier 16, The Eagle Nebula

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Messier 16, or often called the Eagle Nebula from the shape of the nebula, or Star Queen Nebula, from the shape of the pillars. The nebula is a star forming region in the constellation of Serpens. The bright cluster of…

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  • Constellation Serpens
  • Right Ascension 18h 18m 48s
  • Declination −13° 49'
  • Distance (Lightyears) 7,000
Friday, 16 March 2018 15:03

The Orion Nebula

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Messier 42 The Orion Nebula Probably one of the most photographed and studied nebula in the sky. The nebula can be viewed as a "fuzzy" star in the belt of Orion. The nebula is a stellar nursery where new stars…

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  • Constellation Orion
  • Right Ascension 05h 35m 17.3s
  • Declination −05° 23′ 28″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 1340
Friday, 26 January 2018 22:26

NGC 1514

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NGC 1514 is often called the Crystal Ball Nebula. It is a planetary nebula located in the constellation of Taurus. Discovered by William Herschel in 1790, it caused him to rethink the idea that nebulosity is just unresolved stars. The…

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  • Constellation Taurus
  • Right Ascension 04h 09m 16.984s
  • Declination +30° 46′ 33.47″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2200
Sunday, 21 January 2018 16:10

Hubble's Variable Nebula

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NGC 2261 is an unusual nebula in that it's appearance can change in a matter of weeks. The most plausible explanation is denser knots of gas closer to the star R Mon at the tip of the nebula cast shadows…

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  • Constellation Monoceros
  • Right Ascension 6h 39m 10s
  • Declination +8° 45′
  • Distance (Lightyears) 2,500
Friday, 29 December 2017 16:07

Rosetta Nebula

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The Rosetta Nebula, also known as Cadwell 49, and sometimes referred to as NGC 2244, although that actually refers to the open cluster in the nebula. The nebula is located in the constellation of Monoceros at a distance of 5,200…

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  • Constellation Monoceros
  • Right Ascension 06h 33m 45s
  • Declination +04° 59′ 54″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 5,200
Friday, 29 December 2017 12:44

NGC 281

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Also known as IC 11, or Sh2-184, and is occasionally referred to as the Pacman nebula due to its resemblance to the Pacman game's main character. The surrounding gas and dust is ionized by the open cluster IC 1590 which…

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  • Constellation Cassiopeia
  • Right Ascension 00h 52m 59.3s
  • Declination +56° 37′ 19″
  • Distance (Lightyears) 9,500
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 12:00

Messier 27

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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…
Wednesday, 30 August 2017 21:10

Barnard 86

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Barnard 86 is a dark nebula located in the constellation of Sagittarius. The nebula is dense enough to block the background stars in this densely populated area. Also visible is the open cluster NGC 6520, which may be associated with…
Thursday, 24 August 2017 15:31

Messier 20 - Trifid Nebula

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Discovered by Charles Messier in 1764, the Trifid consists of several different components. First there is the open cluster of stars that formed from the nebula. The ionizing radiation from those stars causes the gas to glow with a reddish…
Friday, 30 June 2017 19:47

Messier 16 aka The Eagle Nebula

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M16 is a young open cluster surrounded by an emission nebula, it was made famous by the Hubble image "Pillars of Creation" visible in the center of the nebula. NASA revisits the Eagle NebulaThe nebula has several active star forming…
Friday, 17 March 2017 13:29

NGC 2261 - Hubble's Variable Nebula

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NGC 2261 is often called Hubble's Variable Nebula. Named after Edwin Hubble, who carried out some of the earlier studies of this object. Discovered in 1783 by William Herschel, and was the first object photographed by the 200 inch Hale…
Thursday, 03 November 2016 13:25

NGC 7822

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NGC 7822 also referred to as Sharpless 171 is star forming region of gas and dust located in the constellation of Cepheus. One of the stars in this region is BD+66 1673 is one of the hottest stars discovered in…
Friday, 09 September 2016 16:39

NGC 7023 The Iris Nebula

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NGC 7023 The Iris NebulaNGC 7023 is another reflection nebula located in the constellation of Cepheus. The light from a cluster of stars reflect off the dust grains with a blueish light. Image taken with the 80 mm refractor using…