The Elephant’s Trunk nebula, IC 1396A, is a dark nebula, consisting of interstellar dust, in the larger emission nebula IC 1396. This nebula lies about 2,400 light years away in Cepheus. The Elephant’s Trunk is an active star forming region, with very young stars discovered within it in 2003. The… Continue Reading... "Elephant’s Trunk Nebula"
With all of the recent excitement over seeing a supernova happen in real time in M101, what does one look like after 10,000 years? The Veil Nebula is a supernova remnant in Cygnus, about 2,400 light years away. The star this came from was probably 20 times the mass of… Continue Reading... "Eastern Veil Nebula"
A somewhat rare occurrence in the local universe is a supernova. A supernova is the end stage of a star, typically when the star gravitationally collapses due to exhausting the matter that it is fusing within it. Stars are quite the balancing act, as the energy released by the fusion… Continue Reading... "Supernova in M101"
I sometimes think that globular clusters don’t get the love they deserve. Many times, they are just tacked on after a primary target at the end of the night. Or they are barely given any time during bright moons. I gave the most magnificent globular cluster in the northern hemisphere,… Continue Reading... "M13"
One of my last targets for galaxy season is the Draco Triplet. This is an interesting group of galaxies of different morphologies. I was able to get 26 hours of data on these over four nights in May. The prominent spiral galaxy, NGC 5985, is 140 million light years away.… Continue Reading... "Draco Triplet"
M101 is another prominent spring galaxy that I have wanted to do properly for a few years now. It was one of the first images I took with my equatorial mount and faster Newtonian, but I was still pretty green back then. This time, I took 33 hours of data… Continue Reading... "M101"
M12 is a globular cluster in Ophiuchus. It rose late in the morning as my second target after the Leo Triplet. I recorded almost 13 hours of data on it. M12 was discovered by Charles Messier in 1764 and is a decently bright globular at 6.7 magnitude. Binoculars would reveal… Continue Reading... "M12"
UPDATE: I’d like to thank Daniel Fiordalis and Astrospheric for receiving Astrophotograph of the Month for this image. If you are looking for the best astronomy weather forecast site and app, Astrospheric is it! The Leo Triplet is a group of three galaxies in the constellation Leo. But you didn’t… Continue Reading... "Leo Triplet"
Fully clear nights are still hard to find in this Ohio spring, although I have finally been able to begin a new imaging project. In the meantime, to keep my processing skills fresh, I decided to tackle another one of my favorite images that I have done, Abell 2151, the… Continue Reading... "Hercules Cluster, Redux"