An image of another open cluster, Messier 52, has been uploaded

Hi all,

An image of Messier 52, an open cluster located in Cassiopeia, has been uploaded. Even being a young cluster (35 Million years old) and full of bright and blue stars, the brightest one is an orange, F8Ib/II-Type star. You can see the image as well as more information at:

Messier 52. NGC 7654

Enjoy,
Josep

An image of PK 164+31, the Headphones Nebula, has been uploaded

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An image of the very faint planetary nebula PK 164+31, also known as the Headphones Nebula, has been uploaded. The shape of this nebula has been influenced by the high velocity of the gases expelled as well as the rotation angle of the central star (by the way, it is a binary star). You can find the image and additional information at:

Jones Emberson 1. PK164+31.1. ARO 121

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Josep

An image of Cygnus X-1 and the Tulip Nebula have been uploaded

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This time, the image that has been uploaded has a special scientific significance. This image shows the X-Ray source Cygnus X-1, which is a binary system, one of which is the first object proven to be a black hole. The image also shows Sh2-101, also known as the Tulip Nebula, due to its shape. You can find the image, as well as more information about the objects at:

Sh2-101. The Tulip Nebula. Cygnus X-1

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Josep

An image of M45, the Pleiades Cluster and its reflection nebula has been uploaded

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An image of M45, the Pleiades Cluster and its foreground reflection nebula has been uploaded. This is a two panel mosaic showing a fragment of the cluster, containing the brightest stars. This image was pretty difficult to process, given the fact that the delicate dust wisps are very delicate and any, even slight, processing aimed to extract detail ended up smearing part of the wisps. In the end, a soft and more natural processing was the best option. You can find the image and some more information at:

Messier 45. The Pleiades Cluster

Enjoy,
Josep

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