Nebulas

Nebulas (42)

Ha and Reflection nebulas

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

NGC 2261 Hubble's Variable Nebula 2017

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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

NGC 2244 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

M 27 (2017)

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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

M 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

M 16 aka The Eagle Nebula (2017)

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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 2017

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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…
Friday, 09 September 2016 16:14

NGC 7129

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NGC 7129 is a reflection nebula located in the constellation of Cepheus. A young open cluster illuminates the surrounding gas with a blue light reflecting off the dust. Also in the picture on the left side is NGC 7142 which…
Friday, 09 September 2016 16:01

NGC 281 - Pacman Nebula

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NGC 281, often called the PacMan nebula, is a H II region located in the constellation of Cassiopeia. Approximately 9500 light years away, the high mass stars located in the cluster power the nebula. The image was taken with the…
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