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Found Images: 2021 December

Post by bystander » Sun Dec 05, 2021 4:36 pm


Have you seen a great image or video somewhere that you think would make a great APOD? Nominate it for APOD! Please post as much information here as you have about the image/video with a link to any source(s) for it you know of here, and the editors will take a look.

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Re: Found Images: 2021 December

Post by starsurfer » Sun Dec 05, 2021 10:59 pm

Toby Jug Nebula (IC 2220)
https://www.hansonastronomy.com/ic2220toby-jug
Data: Martin Pugh
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Re: Found Images: 2021 December

Post by starsurfer » Sun Dec 05, 2021 11:04 pm

PaStDr 9
https://www.astrobin.com/2hxz9g/
Data: Andreas Zirke
Processing: Marcel Drechsler
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Re: Found Images: 2021 December

Post by starsurfer » Sun Dec 05, 2021 11:07 pm

Hu 9
https://telescopius.com/pictures/view/9 ... oris_us5wu
Copyright: Boris Chausov
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Longmore 3
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Re: Found Images: 2021 December

Post by starsurfer » Sun Dec 05, 2021 11:13 pm

VBRC 2 and NGC 2899
http://cosmicneighbors.net/vbrc2.htm
Copyright: Mike Keith/Chilescope
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Post by starsurfer » Sun Dec 05, 2021 11:15 pm

Fe 1 and Parsamian 21
https://www.imagingdeepspace.com/fe-1.html
Copyright: Peter Goodhew
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ESO: La Silla’s New Gem (BlackGEM)

Post by bystander » Mon Dec 06, 2021 5:42 pm

La Silla’s New Gem
ESO Picture of the Week | 2021 Dec 06
This family portrait of the telescopes residing at ESO’s La Silla Observatory was captured in 2019 during the breathtaking sunset over the outskirts of Chilean Atacama Desert.

Standing tall at the front of the portrait is one of La Silla’s new family members: BlackGEM, an array of optical telescopes which will join soon the search for some of the most powerful and dramatic events in the Universe, such as merging neutron stars and black holes. This robotic array was developed by Radboud University (from where it is remotely controlled), the Netherlands Research School for Astronomy (NOVA), and the KU Leuven.

These exotic events cause ripples in the fabric of spacetime known as gravitational waves. BlackGEM will work together with gravitational wave detectors such as LIGO and Virgo to pinpoint in visible light the sources responsible for gravitational waves. This will allow for bigger telescopes — such as ESO’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) — to carry out detailed follow-up observations. This will provide astronomers with insight into some of the most extreme events in the universe and help unveil the mysteries of the cosmos.
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ESA: Four Filter Fusion (NCG 7329)

Post by bystander » Mon Dec 06, 2021 5:54 pm

Four Filter Fusion
ESA Hubble Picture of the Week | 2021 Dec 06
This stellar whirlpool is a spiral galaxy named NCG 7329, which has been imaged by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3). Creating a colourful image such as this one using a telescope such as Hubble is not as straightforward as pointing and clicking a camera. Commercial cameras will typically try to collect as much light of all visible wavelengths as they can, in order to create the most vibrant images possible. In contrast, raw images collected by Hubble are always monochromatic, because astronomers typically want to capture very specific ranges of wavelengths of light at any time, in order to do the best, most accurate science possible. In order to control which wavelengths of light will be collected, Hubble’s cameras are equipped with a wide variety of filters, which only allow certain wavelengths of light to reach the cameras’ CCDs (a CCD is a camera’s light sensor — phone cameras also have CCDs!).

How are the colourful Hubble images possible given that the raw Hubble images are monochromatic? This is accomplished by combining multiple different observations of the same object, obtained using different filters. This image, for example, was processed from Hubble observations made using four different filters, each of which spans a different region of the light spectrum, from the ultraviolet to optical and infrared. Specialised image processors and artists can make informed judgements about which optical colours best correspond to each filter used. They can then colour the images taken using that filter accordingly. Finally, the images taken with different filters are stacked together, and voila! The colourful image of a distant galaxy is complete, with colours as representative of reality as possible.
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Re: Found Images: 2021 December

Post by Lighty » Wed Dec 08, 2021 12:26 pm

Moon and Zodiacal light at AstroQueyras

Copyright : Maxime Oudoux
https://maximeoudouxphotographie.fr/

Here is the view from the french observatory of AstroQueyras (3000m above sea level) with one of the astronomer of the complex, Jean-François Gely.

Jean-François watches the superb setting of the crescent moon on the horizon. Our natural satellite is extremely bright at this altitude and illuminates the ground so well that we can walk in the snow with virtually no headlamps.
Right next to it, we observe the zodiacal light (even with the moon light), aligned with Mars (the orange star in the upper left of the pic)
The Andromeda (the largest) and M33 (smaller, the spot in the top center) galaxies are particularly visible in this exceptional sky, among the purest in Europe.

Gear and settings:
Nikon D750 Astrodon
Tokina 50mm f / 1.4 Opera
Panoramic head Nodal Ninja VI RD-16 II

Panoramic of approximately 45 images
Mercator projection (hence the distortion on the right part as well as the upper part of the image, the galaxies are enlarged)
All images are taken from the same location, at the same time, with the same focal length.
Ground: 15s, f / 2.8, 2500ISO, 50mm
Sky: 6s, f / 2, 2500ISO, 50mm
Processing on DxO Photolab 5, AutoPano Giga 4.4.2 and Photoshop CC 2022

Taken in January 2021.
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Re: Found Images: 2021 December

Post by starsurfer » Wed Dec 08, 2021 11:17 pm

Sh2-174
http://deeplook.astronomie.at/sh2-174%20alkor.htm
Copyright: Markus Blauensteiner
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Re: Found Images: 2021 December

Post by starsurfer » Wed Dec 08, 2021 11:20 pm

Sh2-188
https://www.astrobin.com/372475/0/
Copyright: Eric Coles and Mel Helm
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Post by starsurfer » Wed Dec 08, 2021 11:23 pm

Bubble Nebula (NGC 7635) and M52
https://delsaert.com/2018/10/07/a-star- ... -a-bubble/
Copyright: Bart Delsaert
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Post by starsurfer » Sun Dec 12, 2021 11:18 pm

NGC 2626
https://noirlab.edu/public/images/iotw2115a/
Copyright: CTIO/NOIRLab/NSF/AURA/SMARTS Consortium
Processing: T. A. Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage/NSF’s NOIRLab), M. Zamani & D. de Martin (NSF’s NOIRLab)

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ESO: Into the Vortex (La Silla)

Post by bystander » Mon Dec 13, 2021 3:14 pm

Into the Vortex
ESO Picture of the Week | 2021 Dec 13
This week’s picture may just hypnotise you! Resembling a vortex or an optical illusion, the starry circles draw you deeper into this breathtaking mountainous landscape of Chile’s Atacama Desert, home to ESO's La Silla Observatory.

Each circular streak represents an individual star which maps out a star trail. Such trails are due to Earth’s rotation, which causes the stars to seemingly move across the sky, slowly tracing out perfect rings centred on the south celestial pole as they do so. A photograph like this therefore requires a long exposure to capture the passage of time.

La Silla is located some 2400 metres above sea level, and offers perfect observing conditions for long-exposure shots like this; the site experiences over 300 clear nights a year!

Here, ESO operates two of the most productive 4-metre class telescopes in the world: the ESO 3.6-metre telescope which is home to the world's foremost extrasolar planet hunter, the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher (HARPS), and the 3.58-metre New Technology Telescope (NTT), which played a key role in the development of active optics, a technique that paved the way for building even larger telescopes.
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ESA: Hubble Gazes Sidelong at NGC 3568

Post by bystander » Mon Dec 13, 2021 3:29 pm

Hubble Gazes Sidelong at NGC 3568
ESA Hubble Picture of the Week | 2021 Dec 13
In this image, the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captures a side-on view of NGC 3568, a barred spiral galaxy roughly 57 million light-years from the Milky Way in the constellation Centaurus. In 2014 the light from a supernova explosion in NGC 3568 reached Earth — a sudden flare of light caused by the titanic explosion accompanying the death of a massive star. Whilst most astronomical discoveries are the work of teams of professional astronomers, this supernova was discovered by amateur astronomers from the Backyard Observatory Supernova Search (BOSS) in New Zealand. Dedicated amateur astronomers often make intriguing discoveries — particularly of fleeting astronomical phenomena such as supernovae.

This Hubble observation comes from a hoard of data built up to pave the way for future science with the upcoming NASA/ESA/CSA James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). By combining ground-based observations with data from Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) and Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), astronomers have built a treasure trove of data on the connections between young stars and the clouds of cold gas in which they form. One of Webb’s key science goals is to explore the life cycle of stars — particularly how and where stars are born. Since Webb observes at infrared wavelengths, it will be able to peer through the clouds of gas and dust in stellar nurseries and observe the fledgling stars within. Webb’s superb sensitivity will even allow astronomers to directly investigate faint protostellar cores — the earliest stages of star birth.
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Re: Found Images: 2021 December

Post by starsurfer » Mon Dec 13, 2021 11:27 pm

CG 4
http://paulhaese.net/CG4.html
Copyright: Paul Haese
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Re: Found Images: 2021 December

Post by starsurfer » Mon Dec 13, 2021 11:31 pm

NGC 3293
https://www.astrobin.com/3jqc02/0/
Copyright: Andrew Campbell
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Post by starsurfer » Mon Dec 13, 2021 11:44 pm

Orion Nebula (M42)
https://www.astrobin.com/l0spg9/
Copyright: Miguel Angel Garcia Borrella/Antonio Perez/Luis Romero Ventura
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Re: Found Images: 2021 December

Post by starsurfer » Mon Dec 13, 2021 11:49 pm

M78
https://www.astrobin.com/e71cz7/F/
Copyright: Steve Milne/Barry Wilson
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Re: Found Images: 2021 December

Post by starsurfer » Mon Dec 13, 2021 11:51 pm

Pleiades (M45)
https://www.astrobin.com/et9lu2/
Copyright: Debra Ceravolo
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Re: Found Images: 2021 December

Post by starsurfer » Sun Dec 19, 2021 7:02 pm

Sh2-297
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Re: Found Images: 2021 December

Post by starsurfer » Sun Dec 19, 2021 7:05 pm

CG 30
http://www.astrostudio.at/1_Deep%20Sky% ... 5_CG30.jpg
Copyright: Gerald Rhemann
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