6 November 2016 | North America and Pelican Nebulae


Credit & copyright: Juan I. Jimenez | Click image to enlarge or here for full-size

Image Data
  • Location: Villanueva de la Torre, Spain
  • Camera: QHYCCD QHY9M
  • Optics: TMB105/650
  • Mount: AZ-EQ6
  • Exposure: 10 x 1200 Ha 1×1, 10 x 900 OIII 2×2, 10 x 900 SII 2×2.

Discovered by William Herschel in 1786 and favorites of astrophotographers, the huge North American (NGC 7000, left) and the smaller, dimmer Pelican (IC 5067/5070, right) Nebulae in the constellation Cygnus are respectively estimated to be 1,600 and 4,000 light years distant.

The intricate, eastern edge of Mexico and Central America is known as the Cygnus Wall, a region of hot gas, dust and young stars. Obviously, the Gulf of Mexico is not a real gulf, and neither is it “a hole in the sky.” It is dark nebulosity.

Seven foreground stars here form an asterism. It is called “Little Orion“. Do you see it?


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