Best of AOP - Diffuse Nebulae

Snake Nebula

Perhaps this is from when jealous Hera snatched one of the snakes she sent to dispatch baby Hercules in his crib? The picture here shows obscuring clouds of dust towards the center of our galaxy. The left of the frame begins with B78 at the end of the much larger "pipe" nebula. The snake-like B72 slithers near the center of the image. To its lower right B74 is a very opaque cloud of dust that completely hides the stars beyond.

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Last Updated: 13-Jun-2014

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76mm Televue (480mm f/6.3 with 0.8x Feild Corrector) 

SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

Luminance = RGB (synthetic) binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 1x1

Green = 20 minutes binned 1x1

Blue = 20 minutes binned 1x1

Minimum credit line: Tom McQuillan/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF