Best of AOP - Diffuse Nebulae

Van den Bergh 93

Curtains of gas and dust dramatically open here to reveal the inner region of this star-forming region. Unceremoniously named, bright star SAO 152320 shines with intense light in the center of this field. Clouds of gas glow strongly and dust shrinks quickly under its radiative prowess. This vista lies some 4000 light years away towards the constellation of Monoceros. This is a portion of a much larger nebula called Gum 1.

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Last Updated: 13-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.

Data taken on two different nights. Color data courtesy of Fred Calvert.

Luminance = 100 minutes binned 1x1

Red = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Green = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Blue = 20 minutes binned 2x2

Minimum credit line: Bill Uminski and Cyndi Kristopeit/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF