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Object Horsehead and Flame Nebula
Description

The Horsehead Nebula, B33, is the dark nebula in front of the bright red emission nebula IC 434.
Dark Nebulae are clouds of dust in space that obscure the stars behind them. Emission nebulae are clouds of glowing ionized gas. Reflection nebulae do not shine by their own light, but are visible because they reflect the light of nearby stars.

Along with the Orion Nebula, M42, it is part of a very large complex that is a stellar nursery where stars are forming out of the dust and gas. Located about 1,500 light years away, this complex is the closest star forming region to our own solar system.

The Flame Nebula, NGC 2024, is to the lower left of Alnitak, Zeta Orionis, the easternmost star in the three distinctive stars in the Hunter’s belt of Orion, and the brightest star in this photo.

Image
Scope Zenithstar 80 ED
Camera ST2000XCM
Mount Losmandy G11
Filters Baader IR
Guiding Self Guided
Exposure Info 9 hours exposure time (12x15min & 12x30min)
Date December 13, 2006
Copyright Photo copyright Thomas Kerns, Beluga Lake Observatory

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