Posts tagged "astrophotography"
NGC2070 by Jason Jennings
Discovered by Nicolas Louis de Lacaille in 1751, the Tarantula nebula (aka NGC 2070) is a bright HII region located in the southern constellation of Dorado.
The spider shaped structure is fuelled by the brightest and most prolific star-forming region in our galactic neighbourhood, known as 30 Doradus.
30 Doradus is home to several million young stars, among which live the most massive stars ever seen. The nebula resides 170,000 light-years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a small, satellite galaxy of our Milky Way.
"Latest high resolution image of the comet Lovejoy" - Dall Khirkam
Melotte 15 by Andrés del Pozo Prieto
Situated some 7500 light years away from Earth and is located in the Perseus Arm of the Galaxy in the constellation Cassiopeia. This is an emission nebula showing glowing gas and darker dust lanes. The nebula is formed by plasma of ionized hydrogen and free electrons. [**]
Dark Sky of Yunnan
"In an ideal dark night of Dashanbao wetland, Yunnan province of China, the milky way can be seen from Cygnus to Orion and Gemini, intersects the faint glow of Zodiacal light near a point marked by bright planet Jupiter. You can also notice the both green and red airglow along the horizon." - Jeff. Dai
A Fiery Drama of Star Birth and Death
The Large Magellanic Cloud is one of the closest galaxies to our own. Astronomers have now used the power of ESO’s Very Large Telescope to explore one of its lesser known regions.
This new image shows clouds of gas and dust where hot new stars are being born and are sculpting their surroundings into odd shapes. But the image also shows the effects of stellar death — filaments created by a supernova explosion.
Galaxy NGC 2397 With An Explosive Secret
NGC 2397, pictured in this image from Hubble, is a classic spiral galaxy with long prominent dust lanes along the edges of its arms, seen as dark patches and streaks silhouetted against the starlight.
Hubble’s exquisite resolution allows the study of individual stars in nearby galaxies.
Located nearly 60 million light-years away from Earth, the galaxy NGC 2397 is typical of most spirals, with mostly older, yellow and red stars in its central portion, while star formation continues in the outer, bluer spiral arms.
The brightest of these young, blue stars can be seen individually in this high resolution view from the Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS).
"It was a beautiful sight in binoculars. With my children I went out that night to see comet Lovejoy. The photo shows us standing on Vikings grave-hills in Vallentuna, Sweden. At the top-middle you can also see the Whirlpool Galaxy (M51) if you look carefully. As well the pale green waves of clouds in the sky which is airglow (natural emission of the Earth upper atmosphere)."- P-M Heden
NGC7822 by Didier CHAPLAIN & Laurent BOURGON
NGC 7822 is a young star forming complex in the constellation of Cepheus. The complex encompasses the emission region designated Sharpless 171, and the young cluster of stars named Berkeley 59. [**]
Comet Lovejoy on 24 November 2013 by Carlos Vázquez Darias
Mines of San Jose by Francisco González
"Milky Way over the Teide National Park at a place called "Minas de San Jose" considered one of the best treasures of Spain and where you can enjoy a magical sky to unite heaven and Earth."
Perseus Double Cluster by Richard Hammar
The Double Cluster (also known as Caldwell 14) is the common name for the naked-eye open clusters NGC 869 and NGC 884 (sometimes designated h Persei and χ Persei, respectively, but those designations would really apply to both clusters and to a visually nearby star), which are close together in the constellation Perseus. [**]
LBN234, VDB130 and Barnard 344 by Andre vd Hoeven
Barnard 344 is a dark nebula in the constellation of Cygnus. It’s located close to the star Sadr in the Gamma Cygni Nebula (RA: 20h18m57.4s DEC: +40º 40′ 01″). Barnard 344 is located on the bottom of the image.
This region is very rich of dark and emission nebulae. On the image also VanDenBergh 130, a reflection nebula in this region, can be seen. It’s the circular cloudshape on the left center of the image. LBN234 is an emission nebula glowing with hydrogen and sulphur in the center of the image.
Barnard 344 was described by Barnard himself as: “Dusky spot, 7′ long; like an arrowhead, pointed SW; small star at NE end”.
This image is a combination of narrowband imagery with RGB images taken during a number of nights in July 2013.