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NGC 6164 in Ara, 


            Ronny Kaplanian
NGC 6164 in Ara

NGC 6164 in Ara

Technical card

Resolution: 1464x1684

Dates:June 6, 2019

Frames: 39x600"

Integration: 6.5 hours

Avg. Moon age: 3.31 days

Avg. Moon phase: 11.91% job: 2730360

RA center: 16h 33' 53"

DEC center: -48° 6' 14"

Pixel scale: 1.254 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 69.486 degrees

Field radius: 0.389

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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NGC 6164 in Ara, 


            Ronny Kaplanian