RA center: 43.626 degrees
DEC center: 60.367 degrees
Pixel scale: 2.096 arcsec/pixel
Orientation: -179.846 degrees
Field radius: 1.212 degrees
The Soul Nebula
Pure RGB composition with frames from a Takahashi FSQ106EDXIII and QSI683 recorded at DeepSkyWest.
RGB: (16, 16, 16)x900s
Copyright: R. Colombari
Explanation: Stars are forming in the Soul of the Queen of Aethopia. More specifically, a large star forming region called the Soul Nebula can be found in the direction of the constellation Cassiopeia, who Greek mythology credits as the vain wife of a King who long ago ruled lands surrounding the upper Nile river. The Soul Nebula houses several open clusters of stars, a large radio source known as W5, and huge evacuated bubbles formed by the winds of young massive stars. Located about 6,500 light years away, the Soul Nebula spans about 100 light years and is usually imaged next to its celestial neighbor the Heart Nebula (IC 1805). The above image appears mostly red due to the emission of a specific color of light emitted by excited hydrogen gas.
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