"Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night."



Horsehead Nebula in Orion Also known as Barnard 33
Right Ascension 05h 40m 59.0s - Declination -02° 27′ 30.0

Imaging Telescope or Lens: Taken with an Astro-Tech 12" Ritchey - Chrétien Reflector Astrograph
Focal reducer: AP 27TVPH .75 reducer Camera SBIG STF 8300 CCD Mono, Filter Baader Ha 7nm

Standing proud, close to the Celestial Equator, in a rich field of stars lies the iconic Horsehead Nebula (also known as Barnard 33) It is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion. The nebula is located just to the south of the star Alnitak which is farthest east on Orion's Belt, and is part of the much larger  Orion Molecular Complex.

The Horsehead Nebula is approximately 1500 light years from Earth. It is one of the most identifiable nebulae because of the shape of its swirling cloud of dark dust and gases, which bears some resemblance to a horse's head when viewed from Earth. The nebula was first recorded in 1888 by Scottish  astronomer  Willamina Fleming..  And bear in mind that one light-year is 6,000,000,000,000 miles.


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