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. [**]


Tilt-Shifted Images of the Cosmos.

1. Horsehead Nebula
2. Centaurus A
3. Crab Nebula
4. Andromeda Galaxy
5. Meathook Galaxy
6. Thor’s Helmet Nebula
7. Pencil Nebula
8. Tadpole Galaxy


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.