An image of Messier 56, a Northern Globular Cluster, has been uploaded

Hi all,

Another globular from the Messier catalog, M56, has been uploaded. This time, a cluster presenting two oddities: retrograde movement as it orbits the Milky Way, as well as its theorized origin, being the remainder of an “absorbed” (by the Milky Way) small galaxy that once was captured by the gravitational pull of our galaxy. You can find the image as well as some more information at:

Messier 56. NGC 6779

Enjoy,
Josep

An image of Ou4, the Giant Squid Nebula, has been uploaded

Hi all,

An image of the Squid Nebula has been uploaded. This is a very special nebula. Because of its faintness, and despite its large size, it was not discovered until June 2011 by amateur astronomer Nicolas Outters. The image shows the central region and needed more than 40 hours to show the best part of it. You can see the image and find some more information at:

 

Ou4. The Giant Squid Nebula

Enjoy,

Josep

 

A deep image of Messier 27 has been uploaded

Hi all,

An image of Messier 27 has been uploaded.This is a very deep (over 100 hours of exposure) image of this planetary nebula and is the result of a joint project with Don Goldman. It was taken with narrowband filters (Halpha, NII and OIII). The inclusion of the NII filter was due to the intensity of this emission in the nebula’s spectrum. You can find some more details and the image at:

Messier 27, final version

Enjoy!
Josep

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