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

Hi all,

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

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Josep

A new image of Messier 64, the Black Eye Galaxy, has been uploaded

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A new image of Messier 64, the Black Eye Galaxy, has been uploaded. This galaxy is pretty peculiar because its inner disk rotates in an opposite direction compared to the external disk. This means that in the “collision” region, many new stars are appearing. You can find the image as well as some more information at:

Messier 64. NGC 4826

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Josep

An image of Messier 93, an open cluster, has been uploaded

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An image pf Messier 93, an open cluster, has been uploaded. This rather young cluster (age: 100 Million years), is packed with blue giant stars belonging to the spectral class B9. It has, nevertheless, also three conspicuous red giants. You can find the image and some more info at:

Messier 93. NGC 2447

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Josep

An image of Messier 9, a globular cluster, has been uploaded

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An image of Messier 9, a globular cluster, has been uploaded. This cluster is located not far away from the Milky Way center and its metallicity (presence of elements heavier than helium) is very low due to the fact that its stars were formed in the early stages of the Universe. You can find the image and more info about it at:

Messier 9. NGC 6333

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Josep

An image of N55 and more nebulae of the LMC has been uploaded

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After about two years, I have recovered and processed this image of a fragment of the LMC. The image shows several nebulae, two supernova remnants as well as an uncatalogued nebula that may be just a tiny part of an emission nebula or a mass ejection nebula from the star in its center. You can find more info and the image at:

LMC nebulae around N55

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Josep

An image of Messier 13 has been uploaded

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An image of the globular cluster Messier 13 has been uploaded. This great cluster has a peculiar star (Barnard 29, a B2-spectral type star) that was once thought it had been “captured” while passing by. This is not the case, this hot, blue star originated inside M13. The image as well as more info on it and the cluster can be found at:

Messier 13. NGC 6205. The Great Hercules Cluster

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Josep

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