Carina – Birthplace of Giants

The Great Carina Nebula (NGC 3372), is the most famous star-forming region of the southern sky, spanning more than 100 light-years and is visible to the naked eye as a glowing patch in the Milky Way. The Nebula plays home for thousands of stars similar in mass to the sun and 70 O-type stars, which are stars [...]

The Fires of Alnitak

The Flame Nebula NGC 2024 is a beautiful emission nebula in the Constellation Orion. A broad dust lane nearly bisects the nebula, and a secondary dark lane runs from near the south end of the main rift into the eastern wing. At least a dozen stars of magnitude 10 to 12 are embedded in the [...]

WPC – Work of Art

This week's WordPress Photo Challenge is Work of Art ....“ In the fabric of space and in the nature of matter, as in a great work of art, there is, written small, the artist's signature ... there is an intelligence that antedates the universe. ”Contact - Carl SaganThe Rho Ophiuchi Nebula is a large diffuse [...]

Inside the Great Nebula

This week's Photo Challenge is INSIDE ...I've previously posted separately images of the Carina Nebula at different focal lengths, but shown together seems to answer this challenge.Sky Safari map of the Great Carina Nebula (circled in blue) - located in the Milky Way southern sky Great Carina Nebula - A sprawling gas cloud about 7,500 light-years [...]

Trifid Nebula – Messier 20 (Re-Imaged)

I have actually posted this nebula before in October 12 ... But seeing conditions were not perfect then. This time the Trifid was almost directly overhead in the Milky Way southern sky on a dark night. Within the limits of my stacked 20 sec exposures it shows a bit more detail. The Trifid Nebula is [...]

The Star Clouds of Rho Ophiuchi

The Rho Ophiuchi Nebula is a large diffuse nebula located in the southwestern corner of the constellation Ophiuchus, surrounding the bright triple star Rho Ophiuchi. Several regions of bright and dark nebulosity surround this area.At a distance of some 540 light-years, the nebula is one of the nearest star-forming regions to the Sun, and the [...]

Running Chicken & the Pearl

Lambda Centauri (IC 2948) is a large emission nebula between the the Southern Cross and the rich Carina region, around the star Lambda Centauri. The nebula spans about 70 light-years. Star Cluster (IC 2944) is a site of active star formation, with a sprinkling of bright stars. Lambda Centauri is a prominent Magnitude 3 star [...]

Rosette Nebula and Cluster NGC 2244

The Rosette Nebula is a large, circular emission nebula in the constellation Monoceros. It surrounds a cluster of hot, young stars known as the Rosette Cluster (NGC 2244). The Rosette is at a distance of some 5,200 light years, near one end of a large molecular cloud in Monoceros. Its diameter is about 130 light [...]

M 78 – The Blue Nebula

Messier 78 is the brightest reflection nebula in the sky, located in Orion near the celestial equator, and is a cloud of interstellar dust which shines by the reflected and scattered light of nearby stars.M 78 is part of the Orion complex, a large cloud of gas and dust centered on the Orion Nebula (M [...]

In the glow of Alnitak

    Alnilam and Alnitak are the bright bluish stars from west to east (left to right) along the diagonal in this image. These blue supergiant stars form part of the Belt of Orion, the third member being Mintaka (out of image to the west). Each are hotter and much more massive than the Sun. [...]

Stars for a Winter Sky

  I went out at night alone; The young blood flowing beyond the sea Seemed to have drenched my spirit’s wings— I bore my sorrow heavily. But when I lifted up my head From shadows shaken on the snow, I saw Orion in the east Burn steadily as long ago. From windows in my father’s [...]

Celestial Laboratory

The Large Magellanic Cloud - A Neighbor Galaxy to the Milky Way. Approximately 160,000 light years distant, the LMC is the 3rd closest galaxy. It has a diameter of 14,000 light years. The LMC and its neighbour the Small Magallenic Cloud were certainly known to ancient southern explorers, however it was Ferdinand Magellan whose sighting [...]

Young, hot and very dangerous ….

  Tarantula Nebula_NGC 2070 in Doradus   The largest and brightest emission nebula in our neighbor galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud. Approximately 160,000 light years distant ... The heart of the Tarantula is illuminated by a compact cluster of giant and supergiant hot young stars (RMC 136) embedded inside it's core. One star (R136a1) within [...]

M42_Great Nebula in Orion (Re-visited)

The Shield of Achilles The first thing he created was a huge and sturdy shield, all wonderfully crafted. Around its outer edge, he fixed a triple rim, glittering in the light, attaching to it a silver carrying strap. The shield had five layers. On the outer one, with his great skill he fashioned many rich [...]