An image of the Pacman Nebula has been uploaded

Hi all,

Another image taken from the Northern Hemisphere has been uploaded. This time, an emission nebula, the Pacman Nebula. This nebula has many peculiarities and I specially like the pillars (neatly pointed to their originators, the massive and hot O and B stars in the cluster nearby) and the many Bok globules.

It can be found at:

NGC 281. The Pacman Nebula

Enjoy,
Josep

An image of the Rose and the Question Marks has been uploaded

Hi all,

Today’s image can be considered a “divertimento”. We all get to “guess” shapes in the clouds that we see in the sky. We also do this with the nebulae that we see in the night sky, and we have many examples of this (the Eagle, Pelican, Seagull, Rosette and many others). In many cultures, the gift of a rose is a token of love/respect/appreciation. As usual, this opens many question marks. This is exactly what seems to happen in this image that I came to call “The Rose and the Question Marks”.

You can find it at:

NGC 1966, the Rose and the Question Marks

Enjoy,
Josep

An image of Messier 65 has been uploaded

Hi all!

A new image, this time a well known galaxy, M65, has been uploaded. M65 is usually considered to be a dull galaxy, without much structure, but it is a fine spiral with a rare peculiarity in the spectrum of radio waves: its strongest signal does not come from the galaxy’s nucleus but off center. The reason for this is unknown yet.

You can find this image at:

Messier 65. NGC 3623

Enjoy,

Josep

 

A special image has been uploaded. The Trapezium in M42 at High resolution

Hi all,

A new image has been uploaded. This time, it is something different: an image of the Trapezium area taken with a 60-inch Ritchey-Chr├ętien f/8 atop Palomar Observatory (focal length 12 meters…). The image covers 10×10 arcmin and the data are very good. You will find it at:

Messier 42. The Trapezium

Enjoy,
Josep

An image of a new nebula inside NGC 6589 has been uploaded

Hi all,

A new image has been uploaded. This time it has something new. One of the reflection nebulae in the image had a very apparent red bubble-like nebula inside it, but it was (so far) unknown. The discovery has been reported and published as a Research Note. The image and its explanation can be found at:

NGC 6595, NGC 6589 and IC 1284

The Research Note at:

https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.3847/2515-5172/ab722c

Enjoy!
Josep

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