Monday, 14 September 2009

NGC 6888 - Crescent Nebula

NGC 6888 Crescent Nebula by Arran Hill

Full size image can be seen here : Crescent Nebula with Canon 400D

NGC 6888 in Cygnus
13 x 20 minute exposures (4 hours 20 minutes)
Skywatcher 8" Newt / Canon 400D
Chatham (Light polluted site)

Also known as the Crescent Nebula, this object is 5,000 light years away. It is formed by the fast stellar wind from the Wolf-Rayet star WR 136 colliding with, and energizing, the slower moving wind ejected by the star when it became a red giant, around 400,000 years ago.

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