Widefield

Summer Sky

A week at my sisters in Switzerland with proper skys and excellent MIlky Way watching. This is a long exposure of Cygnus and all its surrounding nebula and stars. Taken in Arzier Switzerland 29/07/2016 with a canon 700d and samyang 24mm lens. 

Pelican Nebula

One of the most impressive regions of the summer sky is the large area just south of the bright star Deneb (α-Cyg, mag 1.33) and where one will find two massive emission nebulae, namely the North American Nebula (NGC 7000) and the Pelican Nebula (IC 5067 and IC 5070), separated by a thin dark dust lane. The Pelican Nebula lies at a distance of 1,900 light-years away and spans 15 light-years in diameter. It is often depicted in two forms; the larger widefield version encompasses the complete nebula and is designated as IC 5070 whereas a smaller region with protruding tendrils and near the neck of the “pelican” is also often referred to by the same name but under a different designation within the IC catalog (IC 5067). The rich emission is associated with star formation and it is expected that this area of the sky will look dramatically different in a few million years owing to a plethora of new stars and a significantly reduced amount of hydrogen. 

Credit: Anthony Ayiomamitis

star yarning

you know
how authors
want to be read?
the universe too
has a billion stories
to tell,
if you’re listening
over the radio waves.

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Wolf-Lundmark-Melotte : Named for the three astronomers instrumental in its discovery and identification, Wolf - Lundmark - Melotte is a lonely dwarf galaxy. Seen toward the mostly southern constellation Cetus, about 3 million light-years from the Milky Way, it is one of the most remote members of our local galaxy group. In fact, it may never have interacted with any other local group galaxy. Still, telltale pinkish star forming regions and hot, young, bluish stars speckle the isolated island universe. Older, cool yellowish stars fade into the small galaxys halo, extending about 8,000 light-years across. This sharp portrait of WLM was captured by the 268-megapixel OmegaCAM widefield imager and survey telescope at ESOs Paranal Observatory. via NASA

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