Hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Cassiopeia (Cas)  ·  Contains:  IC 1805
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Melotte 15, 



    
        

            Greg Funderburk
Melotte 15
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Melotte 15

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Melotte 15, 



    
        

            Greg Funderburk
Melotte 15
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Melotte 15

Acquisition details

Dates:
Sept. 28, 2020
Frames:
540×300(45h)
Integration:
45h
Avg. Moon age:
11.68 days
Avg. Moon phase:
89.59%

Basic astrometry details

Astrometry.net job: 4221141

RA center: 02h32m49s.9

DEC center: +61°2840

Pixel scale: 0.719 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 358.814 degrees

Field radius: 0.501 degrees

Resolution: 3546x3546

File size: 17.2 MB

Locations: Howling Coyote Observatory, Taxahaw, South Carolina, United States

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: Non-commercial independent facility

Description

Cosmic clouds form fantastic shapes in the central regions of emission nebula IC 1805. The clouds are sculpted by stellar winds and radiation from massive hot stars in the nebula's newborn star cluster, Melotte 15. About 1.5 million years young, the cluster stars are scattered in this colorful skyscape, along with dark dust clouds in silhouette against glowing atomic gas. The view spans more than 15 light-years and includes emission from ionized hydrogen, sulfur, and oxygen atoms mapped to green, red, and blue hues in the popular Hubble Palette. Wider field images reveal that IC 1805's simpler, overall outline suggests its popular name - The Heart Nebula. IC 1805 is located about 7,500 light years away toward the boastful constellation Cassiopeia.

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Melotte 15, 



    
        

            Greg Funderburk