astrophotography (9)

Posts related to my photographs of the night sky

The N American Nebula

N American nebula

It's obvious why this cloud of gas in the constellation of Cygnus was given its name when first photographed in the 1890s. The nebula covers quite a large area of the sky, more than four times bigger than a full moon, but the surface brightness…

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Omega Centauri

Omega Centauri

The brighter stars in each constellation are designated, roughly in order of their brightness, with a letter of the greek alphabet. this follows a system introduced by Johann Bayer (1572-1625). The brightest star in the constellation Centaurus (the Centaur) is Alpha Centauri, the nearest bright…

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The Crab Nebula

The Crab Nebula

In July 1054(AD), a bright new star appeared in the constellation of Taurus. We have records from China, Korea and Japan and from some Islamic scholars. The star was visible even in the daytime (if you knew where to look) for about 23 days before…

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Eta Carina

This is probably the most spectacular nebula (cloud of gas and dust) in the night sky, but is too far south to be visible from the UK. Like the great Orion nebula (visible from here in the winter), this is easily visible with the naked…

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Around Alnitak

Alnitak region of Orion

The constellation of Orion dominates winter skies in the Northern Hemisphere. The shape of Orion, the hunter, and the three stars of Orion's belt, are familiar to anyone who looks around the night sky, but the naked eye has to track along Orion's sword (hanging…

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Tarantula

The Tarantula Nebula

Not a large spider, but an astonishing area of the night sky. The image shows the area in the constellation Dorado (the Dolphin fish or Swordfish), around the Tarantula Nebula, a huge area of gas and dust where stars are being formed, which is in…

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