An image of the Meat-hook Galaxy has been uploaded

Hi all,

An image of the Meat-hook Galaxy, NGC 2442, has been uploaded. This is a peculiar galaxy located far south, in the constellation Volans. Its distorted structure is the result of a gravitational encounter that, additionally, triggered a high star formation rate as well as a large number of supernova explosions. You can find the image and much more information at:

NGC 2442-3. The Meathook galaxy

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Josep

An image of the Monkey Head Nebula, NGC 2174, has been uploaded

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An image of the Monkey Head Nebula, NGC 2174, has been uploaded. This nebula is, as usual in emission nebulae, a star forming region. The difference with this one is that this one is forming stars at a very high rate. It contains at least four recently formed open clusters and 577 Young Stellar Objects (YSOs, stars in the act of being formed). You can find the image and more info at:

NGC 2174-5. The Monkey Head Nebula

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Josep

An image of NGC 5189, the Spiral Planetary Nebula has been uploaded

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An image of NGC 5189, the Spiral planetary nebula has been uploaded. This planetary has a very unusual shape and structure (with many point-symmetric knots) that is due to the nature of its core star: a binary system formed by a Wolf-Rayet star and a white dwarf. You can find the image and additional information at:

NGC 5189. IC 4274

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Josep

An image of NGC 6946, the Fireworks galaxy has been uploaded

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An image of NGC 6946, the Fireworks galaxy has been uploaded. This galaxy has several peculiarities, like the star N6946-BH1, a yellow supergiant that increased its brightness during 6 years and then disappeared completely, compacting its core into a black hole. NGC 6946 is seen as strongly reddened by the thick cloud of dust close to the galactic plane.

You can find the images, as well as more info at:

NGC 6946, the Fireworks galaxy

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Josep

An image of N185, a double SNR has been uploaded

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An image of LHA 120-N185, a double supernova remnant has been uploaded. This is a SNR that results from two supernova explosions that carve the current nebula to its current shape. You can finĀ”d the image and more information about it and why we know that two supernovae exploded in the same nebula at:

LHA 120-N185, a double SNR

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Josep

An image of a superbubble, N206, has been uploaded

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An image of N206, a Hydrogen superbubble located in the Large Magellanic Cloud, has been uploaded. This nebula contains many peculiarities, like a conspicuous SNR (supernova remnant), a less conspicuous SNR and dozens of very massive stars, including a Wolf-Rayet.

You can find more info and the image at:

N206, a superbubble in the LMC

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Josep

An image of the Northern Pencils has been uploaded

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An image of the Northern Pencils, a fragment of the Veil Nebula in Cygnus, has been uploaded. The crisscrossing structures are not very rare in SNRs like this one. This structures have some resemblance with the Pencil Nebula (NGC 2736), that why the nickname…

You can find the image and some more info at:

The Northern Pencils

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Josep

An image of NGC 2438 and the Calabash has been uploaded

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An image of NGC 2438 and the Calabash Nebula has been uploaded. This is a very interesting pair of a planetary nebula (NGC 2438) seen against the background stars of the open cluster Messier 46 and the Calabash Nebula, a faint protoplanetary nebula that indeed belongs to M46. You can see much more information and the full resolution image at:

NGC 2438 and the Calabash

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Josep

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