From Johnny Birthman: “Desde the Pleiades to California”

May 31, 2017


For much of the year in the northern hemisphere of the land, can be seen a small group of stars that shine so special. You can see a simple view included from big cities, where pollution and light pollution not allowed see the stellar field of the night sky. You can see in the upper part of the image, taken by Sylvain Wallart from the Saint Veran Observatory located at the top of the mountain range of the Alps, at 3,000 meters.

Saint Veran Observatory located at the top of the mountain range of the Alps, at 3,000 meters.

Sébastien Goze was the author of the further processed, whose final result was excellent. Photographed with a wide-field camera, it also offers the California Nebula and all the sky which reaches M45, a great Web of dark dust that absorbs the light of nearby stars. A dense dust road divides in half the distance between the two objects most representative of this area of the sky.

M45, is a stellar cluster with nebulosity containing hot star of spectral type B of middle-aged located in the constellation Taurus. It is one of the closest to the Earth star clusters. The cluster is dominated by extremely bright and blue hot stars that have formed in the last 100 million years. Powder forming a faint nebulosity of reflection around the brightest stars is an unrelated dust cloud in the interstellar medium, through which stars are currently passing. For its part, the California Nebula, or NGC 1499 is a Nebula located in the constellation of Perseus emission to 1000 years light-years away from Earth. The alpha hydrogen is that dyes red Nebula, and Menchib is the star responsible for the ionization of the gas. Technical details .

Original photography

Credit: Sébastien Goze / Sylvain Wallart

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