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North American Nebula

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Cherry Grove Observing Site, MN
07 June 2000
Kodak PJ400 color negative film
20-minutes at f/4

North American Nebula

This is a nice summer target that can be found in the constellation Cygnus, The Swan (also sometimes called the Northern Cross). It is part of an even larger complex of glowing gas nebulas, but this portion has a shape suggestive of a familiar continent.

As is common with this type of object, it is rather hard to see directly. The strong red color is easily recorded on film, but large telescopes and special filters are needed to make it visible to human night vision.

The myriad stars give away that this is a view into the band of the Milky Way. The bright star on the left, "62-Cygni (xi)", dominates this picture, but if you were to look at the sky, it would not be particularly noticable among the dozen even brighter stars in this constellation!

 

 


Copyright 2001-Jan-25

Thor Olson


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