IC434, Horsehead Nebula

by on Jun.11, 2013, under Image Gallery


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Considered one of the most photographed objects in the sky, the Horsehead Nebula resides 1,500 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Orion. This dark nebula represents a cloud of dust and non-luminous gas that appears to represent a horse’s head. Williamina Fleming, one of the most renowned female astronomers ever, became the first person to observe the horse head like structure on a photographic plate.

Data acquired and reduced by: Ryan M. Hannahoe
Data processed by: Salvatore Grasso
Exposure time: 32 hours
Equipment Used: 16″ RC Optical Systems Telescope, Bisque Paramount ME, and STX16803 CCD
Location: Perez Observatory at New Mexico Skies, Mayhill – New Mexico

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