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Central IC 1805 July 29, 2008

Posted by jtintle in Deep Space.
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Credit & Copyright:

Keith Quattrocchi


Cosmic clouds seem to form fantastic shapes in the central regions of emission nebula IC 1805. Of course, the clouds are sculpted by stellar winds and radiation from massive hot stars in the nebula’s newborn star cluster (aka Melotte 15). About 1.5 million years young, the cluster stars appear on the right in this colorful skyscape, along with dark dust clouds silhouetted against glowing atomic gas. A composite of narrow and broad band telescopic images, the view spans about 15 light-years and includes emission from hydrogen in green, sulfur in red, and oxygen in blue hues. Wider field images reveal that IC 1805’s simpler, overall outline suggests its popular name – The Heart Nebula. IC 1805 is located about 7,500 light years away toward the constellation Cassiopeia.



1. Liane Schmidt - July 30, 2008

Such a beautiful picture.

Best wishes.


-Liane Schmidt.

2. Rob Diehl - September 22, 2008

Another amazing photo. Nice job.

3. jtintle - September 24, 2008

Thanks Rob and Liane, I am trying to post more often, and trying to pick my favorite images, I find across the NASA, ESA, etc sites I know about

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