Sunday, 23 February 2014


constellation, Cygnus!
The Tulip Nebula is a bright emission nebula located about 6000 light-years away in the constellation Cygnus!

Cygnus is home to a plethora of wonderful objects – both for visual observing as well as imaging. Due to my latitude, it goes right overhead and is easily my favorite constellation – even ousting the hunter of the winter sky, Orion. Filled with gajillions (yes that’s a technical term) of stars, this band of our very own Milky Way galaxy is home to countless nebula, both bright and eerily dark.
Cygnus is home to a plethora of wonderful objects – both for visual observing as well as imaging. Due to my latitude, it goes right overhead and is easily my favorite constellation – even ousting the hunter of the winter sky, Orion. Filled with gajillions (yes that’s a technical term) of stars, this band of our very own Milky Way galaxy is home to countless nebula, both bright and eerily dark.
Bright nebula such as the Orion Nebula are the ones you’re probably used to seeing. Move forward a few centuries, and technology advanced astronomy beyond Charles Messier‘s original 110 interesting celestial phenomena! One such catalogue, the Shapley-Ames catalogue included over 1200 objects, many of which are exciting nebula. In honor of astronomer Harlow Shapley, these are designated with “SH” identifiers. One such region, “sh2-101″ is home of the famous “Tulip Nebula”, due to its resemblance to the flower of Dutch fame.

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