Image of the day 01/17/2018

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Resolution: 3326x2492

Astrodon Blue Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 19x600"
Astrodon Green Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 16x600"
Astrodon Luminance Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 23x900"
Astrodon Red Tru-Balance E-Series Gen 2: 16x600"

Integration: 14.2 hours job: 1884115

RA center: 318.784 degrees

DEC center: 68.370 degrees

Pixel scale: 2.098 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 179.667 degrees

Field radius: 1.211 degrees

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


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



Connor Matherne



Fixed some artifacts

Sky plot

Sky plot


The Ghost Nebula, 


        Connor Matherne