NGC 281 is an open cluster involved in an emission nebula in Cassiopeia, located 10,000 light years from the sun. The nebulosity is extremely faint in a telescope, requiring very dark skies and averted vision. This object is knows as the Pac-Man Nebula, because of its resemblance to the character in the video game.
|Exposure Info||15 x 15 minute exposures (3.75 hours total)|
|Date||September 9, 2012|
|Copyright||Photo copyright Thomas Kerns, Beluga Lake Observatory|