Best of AOP - Diffuse Nebulae

NGC 2183 and NGC 2185

This cloud of dust resides on the edge of the outer spiral arm of our galaxy. Stars that have formed inside illuminate and scatter bluish light between these dusty veils. Near the edges of the cloud, intergalactic space can be glimpsed beyond the cloud's edge.

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Last Updated: 11-Jun-2014

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20in RC Optical Systems telescope Operating at f/5.5

Paramount ME Robotic Telescope Mount

SBIG ST10XME CCD camera with color filter wheel

LRGB color production was used to create this image.

Since much of the gas and dust in this region is not glowing strongly (in visible wavelengths), the field becomes a

very faint and difficult target to observe.

Luminance = 105 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: Neil Jacobstein/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF