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Contains:  NGC 2359, IC 468
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NGC 2359 Thors Helmet, 





    
        

            Randal Healey
NGC 2359 Thors Helmet

NGC 2359 Thors Helmet

Technical card

Resolution: 3180x2438

Dates:Feb. 9, 2018Feb. 10, 2018Feb. 11, 2018

Frames:
Astrodon BLUE 36mm - Gen2 E-Series Tru-Balance: 15x300" -30C bin 1x1
Astrodon GREEN 36mm - Gen2 E-Series Tru-Balance: 20x300" -30C bin 1x1
Astrodon HA 36mm - 5nm: 25x300" -30C bin 1x1
Astrodon Olll 36mm - 3nm: 25x300" -30C bin 1x1
Astrodon RED 36mm - Gen2 E-Series Tru-Balance: 20x300" -30C bin 1x1

Integration: 8.8 hours

Darks: ~50

Flats: ~30

Bias: ~75

Avg. Moon age: 24.68 days

Avg. Moon phase: 24.61%

Bortle Dark-Sky Scale: 4.00

Astrometry.net job: 2053119

RA center: 109.637 degrees

DEC center: -13.202 degrees

Pixel scale: 2.324 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 12.635 degrees

Field radius: 1.293 degrees

Locations: Healey "Utahopia" Observatory, Kaysville, Utah, United States

Data source: Backyard

Description

NGC 2359 (also known as Thor's Helmet) is an emission nebula in the constellation Canis Major. The nebula is approximately 3,670 parsecs (11.96 thousand light years) away and 30 light-years in size. The central star is the Wolf-Rayet star WR7, an extremely hot star thought to be in a brief pre-supernova stage of evolution. It is similar in nature to the Bubble Nebula, but interactions with a nearby large molecular cloud are thought to have contributed to the more complex shape and curved bow-shock structure of Thor's Helmet.

The nebula has an overall bubble shape, but with complex filamentary structures. The nebula contains several hundred solar masses of ionised material, plus several thousand more of unionised gas. It is largely interstellar material swept up by winds from the central star, although some material does appear to be enriched with the products of fusion and is likely to come directly from the star. The expansion rate of different portions of the nebula varies from 10 km/s to at least 30 km/s, leading to age estimates of 78,500 - 236,000 years. The nebula has been studied at radio and x-ray wavelengths, but it is still unclear whether it was produced at the class O main sequence stage of development, as a red supergiant, luminous blue variable, or mainly as a Wolf-Rayet star.

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