The North America Nebula is cataloged as NGC7000 and it is in the constellation Cygnus, very close to the star Deneb. Although unknown distance from our solar system, it is estimated that if Deneb is the star that ionizes the hydrogen form, must be located at 1800 light years of distance.

by:Cesar Cantu, Juarez, N.L. Mexico, December 11 2009

AAPOD 31 July 2012

Comet Garradd sweeps through Draco

In the middle of March the comet C/2009 P1 (Garradd) reached its top angular velocity since it has been discovered in 2009. This time lapse was shot between 23:32 and 01:13 UTC on March 16/17 while the comet passed quite close to the star 2 Draconis (left from the comet) with 3.2 arcsec/min and thereafter it slows down. The brightest star in the upper right is the 4th magnitude Giausar, Lambda Draconis, which unlike the comet is visible to naked eye.

Submitted by:sider, Smolyan, Bulgaria, March 17 2012

AAPOD, 9 Apr 2012

Zodiacal Light at Veronica

A bright cone of zodiacal light can be seen intercepting the Milky Way. Zodiacal light in the south hemisphere can be seen before sunrise in autumn or after sunset in spring. In this photo it was the first case. This bright light is also known as the “false dawn”.

by:Luis Argerich (luigi), Veronica, Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 03 2012

AAPOD 12 Aug 20112