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Heart Nebula HA, 


            Vincent Lupo

Heart Nebula HA

Technical card

Resolution: 2719x2185

Dates:Feb. 13, 2015

Frames: 6x900"

Integration: 1.5 hours

Avg. Moon age: 23.47 days

Avg. Moon phase: 36.10% job: 545122


Work in progress. I plan on capturing 2 more hours of HA data along with Oiii and Sii data. With all these overcast skies I decided to process the HA data I had :-)

The Heart Nebula shot in HA Narrowband, IC 1805, Sh2-190, lies some 7500 light years away from Earth and is located in the Perseus Arm of the Galaxy in the constellation Cassiopeia. This is an emission nebula showing glowing gas and darker dust lanes. The nebula is formed by plasma of ionized hydrogen and free electrons.
The very brightest part of this nebula (the knot at the right) is separately classified as NGC 896, because it was the first part of this nebula to be discovered.
The nebula's intense red output and its configuration are driven by the radiation emanating from a small group of stars near the nebula's center. This open cluster of stars known as Melotte 15 contains a few bright stars nearly 50 times the mass of our Sun, and many more dim stars that are only a fraction of our Sun's mass. The cluster used to contain a microquasar that was expelled millions of years ago.



Vincent Lupo
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Heart Nebula HA, 


            Vincent Lupo