Celestial hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Cygnus (Cyg)  ·  Contains:  Crescent nebula  ·  NGC 6888  ·  Sh2-105
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NGC 6888 Crescent Nebula

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NGC 6888 Crescent Nebula

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Dates:
Sept. 24, 2018
Frames:
26×600(4h 20′)
Integration:
4h 20′
Avg. Moon age:
14.18 days
Avg. Moon phase:
99.61%

RA center: 20h12m10s.898

DEC center: +38°1843.18

Pixel scale: 0.994 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: -33.969 degrees

Field radius: 0.969 degrees

More info:Open 

Resolution: 5735x4028

File size: 23.4 MB

Locations: Puolivälinkangas - Oulu, Oulu, Finland

Data source: Backyard

Description

The Crescent Nebula (also known as NGC 6888, Caldwell 27, Sharpless 105) is an emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus, about 5000 light-years away from Earth. It was discovered by Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel in 1792.[2] It is formed by the fast stellar wind from the Wolf-Rayet star WR 136 (HD 192163) colliding with and energizing the slower moving wind ejected by the star when it became a red giant around 250,000[3] to 400,000[citation needed] years ago. The result of the collision is a shell and two shock waves, one moving outward and one moving inward. The inward moving shock wave heats the stellar wind to X-ray-emitting temperatures.

It is a rather faint object located about 2 degrees SW of Sadr. For most telescopes it requires a UHC or OIII filter to see. Under favorable circumstances a telescope as small as 8 cm (with filter) can see its nebulosity. Larger telescopes (20 cm or more) reveal the crescent or a Euro sign shape which makes some to call it the "Euro sign nebula".

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