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Contains:  IC 435, NGC 2024, NGC 2023, Horsehead nebula, IC 434, The star Alnitak (ζOri)
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Horsehead shot in HaRGB (Orion RGB & Baader HA), 


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Horsehead shot in HaRGB (Orion RGB & Baader HA)

Horsehead shot in HaRGB (Orion RGB & Baader HA)

Technical card

Resolution: 2672x1984

Dates:Feb. 8, 2015

Frames: 9x900"

Integration: 2.2 hours

Avg. Moon age: 18.80 days

Avg. Moon phase: 82.68% job: 534160

RA center: 85.462 degrees

DEC center: -2.531 degrees

Orientation: 91.268 degrees

Field radius: 1.177 degrees


Combined HaRGB of The Flame and Horsehead Nebula (also known as Barnard 33 ). Orion RGB filters were used in addition to my Baader HA narrowband data. The Horsehead Nebula is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion. The nebula is located just to the south of the star Alnitak, which is farthest east on Orion's Belt, and is part of the much larger Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. The nebula was first recorded in 1888 by Scottish astronomer Williamina Fleming on photographic plate B2312 taken at the Harvard College Observatory. The Horsehead Nebula is approximately 1500 light years from Earth. It is one of the most identifiable nebulae because of the shape of its swirling cloud of dark dust and gases, which bears some resemblance to a horse's head when viewed from Earth.

The dark cloud of dust and gas is a region in the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex where star formation is taking place. This stellar nursery, as it is known, can contain over 100 known organic and inorganic gases as well as dust consisting of large and complex organic molecules.

The red or pinkish glow originates from hydrogen gas predominantly behind the nebula, ionized by the nearby bright star Sigma Orionis. Magnetic fields channel the gases leaving the nebula into streams, shown as streaks in the background glow.[3] A glowing strip of hydrogen gas marks the edge of the massive cloud and the densities of stars are noticeably different on either side.

The heavy concentrations of dust in the Horsehead Nebula region and neighbouring Orion Nebula are localized, resulting in alternating sections of nearly complete opacity and transparency.The darkness of the Horsehead is caused mostly by thick dust blocking the light of stars behind it. The lower part of the Horsehead's neck casts a shadow to the left. The visible dark nebula emerging from the gaseous complex is an active site of the formation of "low-mass" stars. Bright spots in the Horsehead Nebula's base are young stars just in the process of forming.



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  • Horsehead shot in HaRGB (Orion RGB & Baader HA), 


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    Horsehead shot in HaRGB (Orion RGB & Baader HA), 


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Horsehead shot in HaRGB (Orion RGB & Baader HA), 


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