Category Archives: Nebula

Images of emission, reflection and dark nebula as well as supernova remnants

IC405 The Flaming Star Nebula

IC405 Flaming Star Nebula. November 2010.

The IC405 nebula is quite intriguing I thought when doing some background reading on it. IC405 is a diffuse nebula that surrounds the bluish star AE Aurigae, the brightest star in the photo. This star is passing through this area of gas and dust, illuminating it. AE Aurigae is believed to be a runaway star […]

M16 The Eagle Nebula

M16 The Eagle Nebula, August 2010.

This image of M16 the Eagle Nebula in the Constellation of Serpens was taking during one of my outings to a local dark site between Conestoga Lake and Listowel, Ontario. A group of us astrophotographers use the site for imaging away from city light pollution. The Eagle Nebula (catalogued as Messier 16 or M16, and […]

NGC 7635 The Bubble Nebula

NGC 7635 The Bubble Nebula. August 2010.

Another interesting object is NGC7635 also known as the Bubble Nebula in the constellation of Cassiopeia. It’s the result of massive stars in the region that create fast-moving gas which spreads out from the star BD +60° 2522. Pushing surrounding sparse gas into a shell. The energetic starlight then ionizes the shell, causing it to glow. […]

M8 The Lagoon Nebula, 2010

M8 The Lagoon Nebula. July 2010

M8, The Lagoon Nebula, is a giant interstellar cloud in the constellation Sagittarius. It is classified as an emission nebula. The Lagoon Nebula was discovered by Guillaume Le Gentil in 1747.  It’s actually one of two star-forming nebulae faintly visible to the naked eye from mid-northern latitudes. The other being M42 The Orion Nebula in […]

M42 The Orion Nebula

M42 The Orion Nebula - Shawn Nielsen 2010

One of the most spectacular objects in our night sky is undoubtedly The Orion Nebula (M42) in the constellation of Orion the hunter. This constellation is best seen in the Winter months (northern hemisphere) of January and February when it’s high above the South-East and South horizon during the evening hours. The Orion Nebula is […]

Horse Head and Flame Nebulae

Horse Head and Flame Nebulae. November 2010

It goes without saying that the constellation of Orion the hunter is one of the most well known in the Winter night sky. Very large in size and its distinctive three bright stars (on an angle) in a row forming the Hunter’s belt, makes it easily identifiable to even those not familiar with Astronomy. This […]