The Seagull and the Duck
Image Credit & Copyright: Raul Villaverde Fraile
Explanation: Seen as a seagull and a duck, these #nebulae are not the only #cosmic#clouds to evoke images of flight. But both are winging their way across this broad #celestial#landscape, spanning almost 7 degrees across #planet Earth's #night#sky toward the #constellation Canis Major. The expansive #Seagull (top center) is itself composed of two major cataloged emission nebulae. #Brighter NGC 2327 forms the head with the more diffuse IC 2177 as the wings and body. Impressively, the Seagull's wingspan would correspond to about 250 light-years at the nebula's estimated distance of 3,800 light-years. At the lower right, the #Duck appears much more compact and would span only about 50 light-years given its 15,000 light-year distance estimate. Blown by #energetic winds from an extremely #massive, #hot#star near its center, the Duck nebula is cataloged as NGC 2359. Of course, the Duck's thick body and winged appendages also lend it the slightly more #dramatic popular moniker, Thor's Helmet. #Astrophotography#Astronomy#Magnificent#Galaxy #Beautiful
Zoom into M16
Although the Pillars of Creation are a prominent feature of M16, they are relatively small compared to the entire nebula. This video begins with a ground-based image of the sky near Serpens and zooms into Hubble’s iconic image.
Been wanting to do this from 4 years ago, 2 separate images with the same target. Been using the Explore Scientific 152mm Comet Hunter for awhile so I thought it's time to pull out the little beastie, the William Optics Zenithstar ED70. On the left is HaRGB with the William Optics ED70 and the right is with the Canon Nifty Fifty. I'm extremely pleased with what I could get with my current setups, nailed it ! #astro#astronomy#astrophoto#astrophotography#deepsky#nightsky#Williamoptics#Canon50mm#stars#nebulae#vixenpolarie
William Optics Zenithstar ed70
Orion mini 50mm guidescope
Astronomik CLS filter
Astronomik Ha 12mn filter
Baader modded Canon 40D
28 darks 20 flats
Known as NGC 6744 or "The Milky Way's Look-Alike", this galaxy is truly a sight to behold.
A person cannot see their face because their eyes are on their face, likewise we're unable to view the Milky Way (besides a side view) because we're embedded within its spiral arms.
With the use of radio and infrared telescopes, astronomers are able to come up with various predictions of the structure of our home galaxy. Oftenly depicted to be a spiral galaxy roughly 120,000 light years across with an elongated core known as a galactic bar.
Since there are many tens of billions of galaxies in the observable universe alone, the odds of finding a galactic doppelganger is pretty high, and well, we happened to find ours.
NGC 6744 is most likely the only unoffical view of our home galaxy we'll ever see, as it'd take 1,000 years traveling at the speed of light to even exit the disc of our galaxy. Bright pink beads of colossal clouds of hydrogen adorn the arms of this flocculent galaxy, signifying the telltale signs of active star formation. #space #star #galaxy #spiral #core #spiralgalaxy #nebula #nebulae #astronomy #astronomylover #milkyway #milkywaygalaxy