M31 The Andromeda Galaxy

Awarded – Skynews POW Contest Winner: 9th Annual. The M31 Andromeda Galaxy is visible with the naked eye away from city lights in darker areas on a clear night. Of course with the naked eye it doesn’t look like it does in photos, but rather a diffused, grey patch in the sky, and even more […]

M16 The Eagle Nebula, August 2010.

M16 The Eagle Nebula

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. August 2010.

NGC 7635 The Bubble Nebula

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. July 2010

M8 The Lagoon Nebula, 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 - Shawn Nielsen 2010

M42 The Orion Nebula

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. November 2010

Horse Head and Flame Nebulae

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 […]