posted on Oct, 13 2012 @ 03:31 AM
comes up today with this beautiful composited view of this small portion of the sky in the
Details with the NGC 7497 galaxy:
Spiky stars and spooky shapes abound in this deep cosmic skyscape. Its well-composed field of view covers about 2 Full Moons on the sky toward the
Of course the brighter stars show diffraction spikes, the commonly seen effect of internal supports in reflecting telescopes, and lie well within our
own Milky Way galaxy. The faint but pervasive clouds of interstellar dust ride above the galactic plane and dimly reflect the Milky Way's combined
Known as high latitude cirrus or integrated flux nebulae they are associated with molecular clouds. In this case, the diffuse cloud cataloged as MBM
54, less than a thousand light-years distant, fills the scene. Other galaxies far beyond the Milky Way are visible through the ghostly apparitions,
including the striking spiral galaxy NGC 7497 some 60 million light-years away. Seen almost edge-on near the center of the field, NGC 7497's own
spiral arms and dust lanes echo the colors of the Milky Way's stars and dust.
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Object: NGC 7497, MBM 54
Instrument: Telescope ASA de 510 mm.
Focal: 1.794 mm. F3,52.
Exposure: L 102x 400″ (1×1) @ -15ºC, R 34 x 400″ (1×1) , G 21 x 400″ (1×1), B32 x 400″ (1×1) @ -15ºC.
Filters: LRGB Optec.
Guidance system: Internal Sensor STL.
Localization: Centre of Cala d'Hort, Ibiza Astronomical Association (Baleares).