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Creation (IC 2944, Running Chicken Nebula), 



    
        

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Creation (IC 2944, Running Chicken Nebula)

Acquisition type: Electronically-Assisted Astronomy (EAA, e.g. based on a live video feed)
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Creation (IC 2944, Running Chicken Nebula), 



    
        

            Todd

Creation (IC 2944, Running Chicken Nebula)

Acquisition type: Electronically-Assisted Astronomy (EAA, e.g. based on a live video feed)

Technical card

Imaging telescopes or lenses: Skywatcher 100ED F9 APO Skywwtcher ED100

Imaging cameras: ZWO ASI1600MM Pro

Mounts: SkyWatcher EQ6R Pro

Guiding telescopes or lenses: SVBONY 60mm Guide Scope

Guiding cameras: QHYCCD QHY5L-II-M

Focal reducers: Skywatcher 0.85x Focal Reducer 100ED

Software: Pixinsight 1.8  ·  GIMP

Filters: ZWO Ha 36mm


Dates:June 5, 2020

Frames: 15x600" (2h 30')

Integration: 2h 30'

Avg. Moon age: 14.43 days

Avg. Moon phase: 99.87%


Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 3600738


Resolution: 2272x2200

Data source: Backyard

Description

Shhh... come closer! It's ok, they're millions of kilometres away, they won't hurt you.

Besides, they're babies.

See the bright one in the centre? Having a bit of a tantrum, energizing the gas nearby, shoving it around with screams of UV light.

Now, look to the right, see the dark black spots? Yep that's them. Those Bok globules are birthing new stars. Inside these dark regions, dust and gas molecules are sticking to each other under gravity.

As the clumps grow bigger in their stellar wombs, they'll start to spin and draw in more gas and dust. Eventually, once they've eaten enough they'll start fusing Hydrogen into Helium and let the universe know they're alive. The little darlings probably have a bit of wind... See how they shape the gas around them? Look at the bottom right and upper left. There... you see it now. It's highly likely they're burping up some planets too.

There is a lot of movement and activity here. Nothing is still, but none of it is chaos. It is gravity, momentum, chemistry all working together to birth new stars, who in turn grow old and transform the simplest of elements into the most complex.

This is the truest story of creation. Those elements made under incomprehensible levels of comprehensible forces eventually come together to form everything in this universe, including you and me.

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Creation (IC 2944, Running Chicken Nebula), 



    
        

            Todd