IC5070 - The Pelican Nebula by Jesús M. Vargas and Maritxu Poyal

“New reprocessed. This time the sum total of Narrow Band + RGB + Luminance Halfa shots, treated with stars.”

The Pelican Nebula is an H II region associated with the North America Nebula in the constellation Cygnus. The gaseous contortions of this emission nebula bear a resemblance to a pelican, giving rise to its name. [**]


The Horse-head Nebula.

One of the most identifiable nebulae in the sky, the Horsehead Nebula in Orion, is part of a large, dark, molecular cloud. Also known as Barnard 33, the unusual shape was first discovered on a photographic plate in the late 1800s. The red glow originates from hydrogen gas predominantly behind the nebula, ionized by the nearby bright star Sigma Orionis.

 The darkness of the Horsehead is caused mostly by thick dust, although the lower part of the Horsehead’s neck casts a shadow to the left. Streams of gas leaving the nebula are funneled by a strong magnetic field. Bright spots in the Horsehead Nebula’s base are young stars just in the process of forming. 

Light takes about 1,500 years to reach us from the Horsehead Nebula.

Photo credit: NASA/Hubble.


NGC 6914 (vdB 131 & 132) with Closeup by Bob Franke

The complex of nebulae lies some 6,000 light-years away, toward the high-flying northern constellation Cygnus and the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy.

With foreground dust clouds in silhouette, both reddish hydrogen emission nebulae and dusty blue reflection nebulae fill the ½ degree wide field. The view spans nearly 50 light-years at the estimated distance of NGC 6914. [**]

The Kitten Nebula was discovered on April 3rd, 2014.

Composed of methane, hydrogen and helium, the nebula contains over 84,000 stars and exists 65,000,000 light years from Earth- Meaning the light we see is from the time of the dinosaurs.

The nebula is named for its discoverer, astronomer James P. Kitten.