Heart Nebula IC1805

The Heart Nebula, IC 1805, Sharpless 2-190, lies some 7500 light years away from Earth and is located in the Perseus Arm of the Galaxy in the constellation Cassiopeia. It was discovered by William Herschel on 3 November 1787. It is an emission nebula showing … Continue readingHeart Nebula IC1805

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Jellyfish Nebula IC443

IC 443 also known as the Jellyfish Nebula is a galactic supernova remnant in the constellation Gemini. On the plane of the sky, it is located near the star Eta Geminorum. Its distance is roughly 5,000 light years from Earth. IC 443 may be the … Continue readingJellyfish Nebula IC443

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Horsehead Nebula B33

The Horsehead Nebula (also known as Barnard 33) is a small dark nebula in the constellation Orion. The nebula is located just to the south of Alnitak, the easternmost star of Orion’s Belt, and is part of the much larger Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. It … Continue readingHorsehead Nebula B33

Cocoon Nebula IC 5146

The cocoon nebula is a reflection/emission nebula in the constellation of Cygnus the Swan. It is about 2500 lightyears away and about 12′ in size. It hosts a stellar nursery where star-formation is ongoing with hundreds of very young stars forming from the hydrogen gas … Continue readingCocoon Nebula IC 5146

Cygnus and Lyra

Summer is coming! And with summer the summer the constellation of Cygnus the swan also known as the northern cross is becoming prominent on the sky embedded in the milky way our home galaxy. Cygnus was among the 48 constellations listed by the 2nd century … Continue readingCygnus and Lyra

Moon

The Moon is an astronomical body orbiting Earth as its only natural satellite. It is the fifth-largest satellite in the Solar System, and by far the largest among planetary satellites relative to the size of the planet that it orbits (its primary). The Moon is … Continue readingMoon