2 November 2016 | The Bat Nebula

Bat Nebula

Credit & copyright: Steve and Lis Milne | Click image to enlarge

Image Data
  • Location: Midlands, UK
  • Date taken: 20-23 October 2016
  • Camera: QSI 690
  • Optics: Skywatcher Esprit 120
  • Mount: Mesu 200
  • Filters: Astrodon Ha/OIII 3nm
  • Exposure: 15 x 1200 H-Alpha, 11 x 1200 OIII. Total: 8h40m.

This beautiful image, made by Steve and Lis Milne, a husband and wife astrophotography team who capture their images from their backyard observatory in the Midlands, UK, shows The Bat Nebula, designated as IC 1340 or Caldwell 33.

IC 1340 is a beautiful portion of the Cygnus loop supernova remnant that reveals delicate wisps and filaments of nebulosity. Sadly, it is often overlooked because of the notoriety of three other portions of the Cygnus loop, namely the Veil Nebula, The Witch’s Broom Nebula, and Pickering’s Triangle. IC 1340 is the continuation of the Veil Nebula.

The nebula lies approximately 1,500 light-years from Earth and astronomers estimate the supernova explosion that produced this nebula occurred between 5,000 to 10,000 years ago.

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