The Iris Nebula is a reflection nebula 1,300 light years away, illuminated by a partially embedded star (SAO 19158) which is 10X the size of our Sun. The region is 6 light years across in total. Iris Nebula / Caldwell 4 You can really see how the light from the central cluster illuminates the dust... Continue Reading →
The night sky is full of thousands of silhouettes of all many shapes and sizes. In 1919 an astronomer called Edward Barnard created a catalogue of more than 300 of these dark nebula.
Deneb-Sadr and (some of) the Milky Way in Cygnus. Taken from Provence, France. Thought I would look back at one of my first attempts at imaging one of my favourite parts of the sky. Sadr is nearly dead centre, and Deneb is up and to the left of it. You can start to see the... Continue Reading →
Today's partial Solar eclipse is off to a great start here in Witney, where the cloud cover is working as a perfect solar filter. The eclipse culminated here as a smiling, Cheshire cat-style grin 🙂
During the Perseid meteor shower, I blogged a video of a bright meteor taken by astrophotographer Mel Gigg. He had shared the image fairly widely and soon others noticed that they had caught the exact same shooting star themselves. In fact four observers had caught the same object as it flew into the atmosphere above... Continue Reading →
Thierry Legault does it again! Utterly incredible movie of the Space Shuttle Discovery as it approaches the International Space Station at 17,000mph. This movie was taken from the ground. [Direct link](Source: http://sites.estvideo.net/)