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IC 4955

These two nebulae, IC 4954 and IC 4955, are part of a much larger complex of newly formed stars. This much larger cluster is called Roslund 4 and astronomers estimate that the stars found here are 4 million years old. The very sharp boundary (shock front) between some of these stars and the molecular cloud serves as a chronometer for the cluster. It is unlikely that a structure like this, caused by the outflow of these energetic young stars, would persist for timescales longer than 6 million years. It is estimated that this star forming region is 6,000-8,000 light years away.

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Last Updated: 07-Jun-2014

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Equipment

20in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/8.1

Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount

SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

Two iterations of L-R deconvolution (sharpening) algorithm using CCDsharp were applied to the luminance image.

Luminance = 150 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

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