Martin Bernier’s glowing closeup of the Orion Nebula has been named our Picture of the Week for December 11, 2020.
Also called Messier 42, the Orion Nebula is a stellar nursery, a big cloud of fuel and dirt the place stars are born. At about 1,300 light-years away, it’s the closest massive star-forming area to Earth.
Utilizing a QSI 683WSG mono CCD digital camera, an Orion Optics CT16 telescope (f/4), Bernier captured gentle utilizing LRGB filters: six 10-second exposures, six 30-second exposures, six 60-second exposures and 6 300-seconds for every filter.
Our runner up this week is Irwin Seidman along with his picture of the Coronary heart Nebula, also referred to as IC 1805.
Positioned roughly 7,500 light-years away, the Coronary heart Nebula is an emission nebula within the constellation Cassiopeia.
“It glows brightly with ionized hydrogen fuel making the darkish mud lanes actually stand out,” Seidman identified. “The intense area within the higher proper portion of the nebula is individually categorised as NGC 896. The nebula’s intense pink output and its morphology are pushed by the radiation emanating from a small group of stars close to the nebula’s centre.
“This open cluster of stars, often known as Collinder 26 or Melotte 15, incorporates a couple of shiny stars almost 50 instances the mass of our Solar, and plenty of extra dim stars which are solely a fraction of our Solar’s mass. Simply to the higher left of the nebula lies the open cluster NGC 1027. Additionally seen within the picture (albeit largely reduce off from view) is the neighbouring IC 1848 (the Soul Nebula).”
Seidman stated he caught 85 minutes of exposures with a Nikon D750 and a William Optics Zenithstar 61 (f/5.9), capturing from Owen Sound, Ontario, on November 9, 2020.
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