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Contains:  NGC 6204, NGC 6200, NGC 6193, NGC 6188
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The Fighting Dragons of Ara (NGC 6188), 


            Ronny Kaplanian
The Fighting Dragons of Ara (NGC 6188)

The Fighting Dragons of Ara (NGC 6188)

Technical card

Resolution: 4042x3178

Dates:June 6, 2019

Frames: 101x480"

Integration: 13.5 hours

Avg. Moon age: 3.31 days

Avg. Moon phase: 11.91% job: 2730357

RA center: 16h 41' 15"

DEC center: -48° 37' 19"

Pixel scale: 2.821 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 282.655 degrees

Field radius: 2.014

Locations: Home Backyard, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Data source: Backyard


Scattered across the heavens are so many fascinating wonders depicting the enormous beauty of God’s presence and despite the power portrayed in some of these images it only is a glimpse of what they truly resemble up close. This is an image of another star forming region resembling fighting dragons glowing in red Hydrogen energy. Stars of all sorts reside here mostly quite young, only a few million years old. Located in the constellation Ara some 4000 light years away it is one of the closest to us spanning 600 light years across, twice that of the carina nebulae. If your imagination is vivid enough you may even see hands rather than dragons trying to cling together, at which point I call it the Hand of God nebulae, glorious and eternal.

Close to the bottom of the image is an O-type star some 40 times bigger than our sun and shedding its layers into space preparing itself for a massive Supernova explosion in appx 3-4 million years. I have captured it thru my bigger telescope which has much more magnifying power.



Ronny Kaplanian
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The Fighting Dragons of Ara (NGC 6188), 


            Ronny Kaplanian