APOD: Sh2-132: The Lion Nebula (2024 Jun 10)

Comments and questions about the APOD on the main view screen.
User avatar
APOD Robot
Otto Posterman
Posts: 5427
Joined: Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:27 am

APOD: Sh2-132: The Lion Nebula (2024 Jun 10)

Post by APOD Robot » Mon Jun 10, 2024 4:06 am

Image Sh2-132: The Lion Nebula

Explanation: Is the Lion Nebula the real ruler of the constellation Cepheus? This powerful feline appearing nebula is powered by two massive stars, each with a mass over 20 times greater than our Sun. Formed from shells of ionized gas that have expanded, the nebula's energetic matter not only glows, but is dense enough to contract gravitationally and form stars. The angular size of the Lion Nebula, officially named Sh2-132, is slightly greater than that of the full moon. The gaseous iconic region resides about 10,000 light years away in a constellation named after the King of Aethopia in Greek mythology.

<< Previous APOD This Day in APOD Next APOD >>

User avatar
Ann
4725 Å
Posts: 13549
Joined: Sat May 29, 2010 5:33 am

Re: APOD: Sh2-132: The Lion Nebula (2024 Jun 10)

Post by Ann » Mon Jun 10, 2024 5:53 am

Well, it's a narrowband image of a nebula that I don't know well, so I have little to say about it.


But I like the light pillar emerging from the upper left part of the nebula, like a crepuscular ray here on Earth.

Ann
Color Commentator

User avatar
johnnydeep
Commodore
Posts: 2976
Joined: Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:57 pm

Re: APOD: Sh2-132: The Lion Nebula (2024 Jun 10)

Post by johnnydeep » Mon Jun 10, 2024 5:32 pm

So far, I am able to see exactly zero lions in this nebula.

EDIT - ok, perhaps this is it:

lion nebula lion.jpg
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
--
"To B̬̻̋̚o̞̮̚̚l̘̲̀᷾d̫͓᷅ͩḷ̯᷁ͮȳ͙᷊͠ Go......Beyond The F͇̤i̙̖e̤̟l̡͓d͈̹s̙͚ We Know."{ʲₒʰₙNYᵈₑᵉₚ}

User avatar
Chris Peterson
Abominable Snowman
Posts: 18328
Joined: Wed Jan 31, 2007 11:13 pm
Location: Guffey, Colorado, USA

Re: APOD: Sh2-132: The Lion Nebula (2024 Jun 10)

Post by Chris Peterson » Mon Jun 10, 2024 6:12 pm

johnnydeep wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2024 5:32 pm So far, I am able to see exactly zero lions in this nebula.

EDIT - ok, perhaps this is it:


lion nebula lion.jpg
Maybe this? (Probably have to click on it.)
_
qu9m8y5l.gif
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
Chris

*****************************************
Chris L Peterson
Cloudbait Observatory
https://www.cloudbait.com

User avatar
johnnydeep
Commodore
Posts: 2976
Joined: Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:57 pm

Re: APOD: Sh2-132: The Lion Nebula (2024 Jun 10)

Post by johnnydeep » Mon Jun 10, 2024 6:29 pm

Chris Peterson wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2024 6:12 pm
johnnydeep wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2024 5:32 pm So far, I am able to see exactly zero lions in this nebula.

EDIT - ok, perhaps this is it:


lion nebula lion.jpg
Maybe this? (Probably have to click on it.)
_
qu9m8y5l.gif
Yeah, that's certainly better. Big lion head, no body. Still tough to see it though! Maybe big head little bod version:

lion nebula lion 2.jpg
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.
--
"To B̬̻̋̚o̞̮̚̚l̘̲̀᷾d̫͓᷅ͩḷ̯᷁ͮȳ͙᷊͠ Go......Beyond The F͇̤i̙̖e̤̟l̡͓d͈̹s̙͚ We Know."{ʲₒʰₙNYᵈₑᵉₚ}

zeecatman
Ensign
Posts: 20
Joined: Fri Aug 07, 2015 7:38 am

Re: APOD: Sh2-132: The Lion Nebula (2024 Jun 10)

Post by zeecatman » Mon Jun 10, 2024 8:32 pm

johnnydeep wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2024 5:32 pm So far, I am able to see exactly zero lions in this nebula.
Somehow I knew this would be the main topic of discussion :lol2:

This is what I decided on:
LionNeb_Badr_3720.jpg
You do not have the required permissions to view the files attached to this post.

User avatar
johnnydeep
Commodore
Posts: 2976
Joined: Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:57 pm

Re: APOD: Sh2-132: The Lion Nebula (2024 Jun 10)

Post by johnnydeep » Mon Jun 10, 2024 8:44 pm

zeecatman wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2024 8:32 pm
johnnydeep wrote: Mon Jun 10, 2024 5:32 pm So far, I am able to see exactly zero lions in this nebula.
Somehow I knew this would be the main topic of discussion :lol2:

This is what I decided on:

LionNeb_Badr_3720.jpg
Yeah, that's about what my last reply approximated, though your outline is more refined. 😊
--
"To B̬̻̋̚o̞̮̚̚l̘̲̀᷾d̫͓᷅ͩḷ̯᷁ͮȳ͙᷊͠ Go......Beyond The F͇̤i̙̖e̤̟l̡͓d͈̹s̙͚ We Know."{ʲₒʰₙNYᵈₑᵉₚ}

Avalon

Re: APOD: Sh2-132: The Lion Nebula (2024 Jun 10)

Post by Avalon » Tue Jun 11, 2024 3:28 am

Thanks, Chris. I couldn't make out a lion, either, and your explanation fits perfectly!