Best of AOP - Diffuse Nebulae

NGC 1333

NGC 1333 is a region towards the constellation of Perseus that harbors newly formed stars less than one million years old. The density of gas and dust in this region is great enough to cause many different effects of illumination and emission. On the left side of this image the light of bright star is scattered and looks primarily blue. Other stars barely make there presence known due to the enveloping clouds of gas and dust. There are also several stellar outflows from the baby stars in this image and regions where the gas is glowing strongly red due to the copious amount of radiation some of these stars release.

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Last Updated: 09-Jun-2014

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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.

Luminance = 210 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 30 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 30 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 30 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: Jay Lavine and Ali Huang/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF