26 November 2016 | The Flying Dragon Nebula

The Flying Dragon

Credit: Frank Iwaszkiewicz | Click image to enlarge

Image Data

  • Location: Eggersdorf, Germany
  • Date: Aug. 17, 2016, Aug. 25, 2016, Aug. 28, 2016, Aug. 30, 2016
  • Camera: Atik383L+
  • Optics: 10″ f/4 TS ONTC Newton
  • Mount: Celestron CGE
  • Filters: Astronomik B, Astronomik G, Astronomik R, Astronomik Ha 6nm CCD
  • Exposure: B: 30×180″ -18C bin 1×1, G: 30×180″ -15C bin 1×1,  Ha 6nm CCD: 25×1800″ -15C bin 1×1, R: 30×180″ -15C bin 1×1

Sharpless 114 (Sh2-114) is a very dim HII emission nebula located in the constellation of Cygnus. It is often called the Flying Dragon due to its shape. Within the field of view there is also a very small and faint Planetary nebula towards the top of the frame called Kronberger 26 with star Lan 384 in it’s center.

The Wispy structure of Sh2-114 is thought to come from the winds of hot massive winds interacting with the magnetic fields in the interstellar medium according to observations by the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO)

The Galaxy Map suggests that Sh2-114 and its neighbour Sh2-113 form portions of a filamentary circle that resembles a supernova remnant, but there has been no recorded event to support this.

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