Nebulae and a Galaxy

September 21, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Orion NebulaOrion Nebula

In the Image

The Orion Nebula is a stellar nursery, look for the familiar constellation of Orion, the hunter, rising to the east on a December evening.  This is the Orion Nebula, a region of intense star birth. Take a moment to think about the numerous other solar systems being formed deep within the glowing dust that makes up the nebula.  The Orion Nebula is visble to the unaided eye but a telescope and reveals the sweeping structure and vivid colours of this jewel of the night sky and individual stars may even be visible within this milky patch of light.

 

Andromeda GalaxyAndromeda GalaxyPicture saved with settings embedded.

In the Image

Our nearest neighbouring galaxy, Andromeda, is also visible In autumn Andromeda Galaxy is visble to the naked eye as a faint, fuzzy patch of light in the constellation of Andromeda, the chained princess. Our Galaxy is thought to look much like Andromeda. The diffuse light from Andromeda is caused by the hundreds of billions of stars that compose it. The Andromeda galaxy is so distant it takes about two million years for light to reach us from there. This light has been on a journey across the universe for 2.5 billion years before it hits the camera chip.

 


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