Archive for February, 2014
Located 1,500 light years away, NGC1999 is a reflection nebula located just south of the Orion Nebula in the constellation of Orion. We see NGC1999 because of the light from variable star V380 Orionis. Recent observations suggest that the dark sideways-T located near the center is a hole blown through the nebula.
A white dwarf star recently exploded to form a Type Ia supernova. Pictured here, SN 2014J is the brightest object in the Cigar Galaxy, Messier 82. Messier 82 is an active starburst type galaxy located approximately 12 million light-years from our Milky Way. SN 2014J can be observed by relatively small ground-based telescopes.
Image credit: Ryan M. Hannahoe and Salvatore Grasso
Equipment Used: 16″ RC Optical Systems Telescope, Bisque Paramount ME, and STX16803 CCD
Location: Perez Observatory at New Mexico Skies, Mayhill – New Mexico