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Celestial Snake (B72)


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         Object Celestial Snake (B72)
         Comment Located in the constellation Ophiuchus the remarkable dark nebula known as the Snake Nebula slithers its way through a sea of stars. The nebula is more formally referred to as Barnard 72 (B72). In the early 20th century, astronomer E. E. Barnard catalogued 182 dark markings around the center of our Milky Way galaxy. Barnard's nebulae consist of interstellar dark clouds of obscuring gas and dust, blocking light of stars behind. B72 resides approximately 650 light years away.

An annotated version of the image can be seen here.

The image is a RGB composite.
         Optics Takahashi FSQ-106ED F/5 (530mm FL)
         Camera Apogee Alta U16M - 1x1 bin (image scale: 3.5 arcsec/pix)
         Mount Software Bisque Paramount ME
         Exposure Total exposure time: 3 hours
         Date June 2011


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