Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Cepheus (Cep)  ·  Contains:  Sh2-136  ·  T Cep  ·  VdB141

Image of the day 01/17/2018

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    The Ghost Nebula, 



    
        

            Connor Matherne
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    Image of the day 01/17/2018

    Getting plate-solving status, please wait...
      The Ghost Nebula, 



    
        

            Connor Matherne
      Powered byPixInsight

      Technical card

      Imaging telescopes or lenses: Takahashi FSQ-106

      Imaging cameras: QSI 683 wsg-8

      Mounts: Paramount MyT

      Guiding cameras: Lodestar Autoguider X2

      Software: PixInsight

      Filters: Astrodon Luminance Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2  ·  Astrodon Red Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2  ·  Astrodon Blue Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2  ·  Astrodon Green Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2



      Astrometry.net job: 1884115

      RA center: 21h 15' 7"

      DEC center: +68° 22' 14"

      Pixel scale: 2.098 arcsec/pixel

      Orientation: -179.352 degrees

      Field radius: 1.211 degrees


      Resolution: 3326x2492

      Locations: Deep Sky West, Rowe, New Mexico, United States

      Data source: Amateur hosting facility

      Remote source: DeepSkyWest

      Description

      One of the spookier objects in the sky! Not only does it look like multiple flying ghost near the center, but you might even have yourself an existential crisis looking at all these stars!

      Spooky shapes seem to haunt this starry expanse, drifting through the night in the royal constellation Cepheus. Of course, the shapes are cosmic dust clouds faintly visible in dimly reflected starlight. Far from your own neighborhood on planet Earth, they lurk at the edge of the Cepheus Flare molecular cloud complex some 1,200 light-years away. Over 2 light-years across the ghostly nebula and relatively isolated Bok globule, also known as vdB 141 or Sh2-136, is near the center of the field. The core of the dark cloud on the right is collapsing and is likely a binary star system in the early stages of formation. Even so, if the spooky shapes could talk, they might well wish you a happy Halloween.

      Source: APOD

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      The Ghost Nebula, 



    
        

            Connor Matherne