This image of the Tarantula Nebula was taken by ASV Astrophotographer @andys_astro. The Tarantula Nebula is more than a thousand light-years in diameter, a giant star forming region within nearby satellite galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud. About 180 thousand light-years away, it's the largest, most violent star forming region known in the whole Local Group of galaxies. Within the Tarantula (NGC 2070), intense radiation, stellar winds and supernova shocks from the central young cluster of massive stars, cataloged as R136, energize the nebular glow and shape the spidery filaments. Were the Tarantula Nebula closer, say 1,500 light-years distant like the local star forming Orion Nebula, it would take up half the sky!
Imaging telescope: Skywatcher carbon fibre 10"F4 Newtonian
Imaging camera:QSI WSG8
Mount:Takahashi NJP Temma-2
🎵 Standing there alone, the ship is waiting
All systems are go, are you sure?
Control is not convinced
But the computer has the evidence
No need to abort
The countdown starts
Watching in a trance, the crew is certain
Nothing left to chance, all is working
Trying to relax, up in the capsule
"Send me up a drink", jokes Major Tom
The count goes on
Four, three, two, one 🎵
Self-portrait at the Salton Sea "Alien Portal". For lack of any other name, I began calling this the Alien Portal years ago. I'm still not sure what the REAL purpose of this rocket-like tank/engine/??? is doing up on top of this tower.
Yet another amazing nebula within the constellation of Orion.
Going by the informal name of the Monkey Head Nebula and officially known as NGC 2174. This HII region is currently forging very young hot stars with temperatures upward of 60,000K, adding to the already vast open cluster already formed by the nebula. At a distance of 6,400 light years it is very likely that the arrangement of gas within NGC 2174 is far more dispersed thanks to the solar winds of the surrounding stars. The nebula is seen to be within the portion of its 'life' when newly formed stars slowly begin to destroy the nebulosity because of their powerful solar winds. Much like the pillars of creation this region of the Monkey Head Nebula may not exist anymore, although we don't see that, thanks to the time light takes to travel.
Who knows, the fate of this 6 light year wide emission nebula. All I know is that this part of the Mokey Head Nebula reminds me of the famed pillars of creation. ~k.w
Chandra delivers a colorful cosmic image collection! Each new image blends Chandra data with those from other telescopes, such as NASA's Hubble, ESO's VLA, and NRAO's VLT, to present a multiwavelength, multicolored light display from across our Universe!
Hello everybody! Jeff from @jkm.astrophoto here with my last image to share with you today. A huge thank you again to Fraser from @universetoday for granting me the opportunity to share some pictures with you all. For my final post, I have chosen my most recent target. This is the Pacman Nebula (can you see it?), also known as NGC 281. This is an emission nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia. My rig has grown a bit over the last year or so including some filters, and I've started gathering data from the backyard a little more. Nothing beats a dark sky, but it's so much more convenient to just take a few steps out the door and start collecting photons. This is the first project I've really tackled from my Bortle 7 skies. As I've mentioned before, watching your images progress is fun and I definitely see it in mine. Thank you to everyone who has checked out the work I've been able to share here. If you'd like to see the rest of my gallery please check out my profile. I'd love to see yours as well! Cheers and clear skies!!
Equipment: Celestron CGX, Orion 8"astrograph, ZWO guidescope and guide camera, Canon T6 unmodified, Optolong L-eNhance filter, Baader Coma corrector
EXIF: 52x300" subs, 17 darks, 15 bias, ISO 800
Software: Photoshop, PHD2, BackyardEOS, Deepskystacker
La Nebulosa de América del Norte (NGC 7000) es una gran nebulosa de emisión en la constelación de Cygnus. La forma de NGC 7000 se asemeja al continente de América del Norte, completo con un prominente Golfo de México. La nebulosa está a unos 1.800 años luz de la Tierra. 📷Chuck Ayoub