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Daily Astronomy Blurb: Horsehead and Orion Nebulas

The dark Horsehead Nebula and the glowing Orion Nebula are contrasting cosmic vistas. Adrift 1,500 light-years away in one of the night sky's most recognizable constellations, they appear in opposite corners of the above stunning mosaic. The familiar Horsehead nebula appears as a dark cloud, a small silhouette notched against the long red glow at the lower left. Alnitak is the easternmost star in Orion's belt and is seen as the brightest star to the left of the Horsehead. Below Alnitak is the Flame Nebula, with clouds of bright emission and dramatic dark dust lanes. The magnificent emission region, the Orion Nebula (aka M42), lies at the upper right. Immediately to its left is a prominent reflection nebula sometimes called the Running Man. Pervasive tendrils of glowing hydrogen gas are easily traced throughout the region. Astrophysicists: Browse 2,500+ codes in the Astrophysics Source Code Library
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Trudy Almon
The Sunday Night Astronomy Show is live now on YouTube and Facebook... please remember to Thumbs Up/Subscribe or Like/Follow/Share!!www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6bV2_O7Oj4The Sunday Night Astronomy Show... Safely Viewing the Sun ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago

Trudy Almon
The Sunday Night Astronomy Show is live now on YouTube and Facebook... please remember to Thumbs Up/Subscribe or Like/Follow/Share!www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWnfXXiEGx0www.facebook.com/astrobythebay/videos/907023680077421On tonight's episode: Almost 45 years have passed since the launch of the two Voyager spacecraft. Alot of information about our solar system and beyond can be collected in that time. Tonight, we"ll look at part 2 of 3 talks on the mission.. This segment is called 'The Grand Tour". Also tonight, it's always fun to get new gear... and Mike is going to share his thoughts of his new EQ mount. He'll also provide us with another 'Binocular Target of the Week". Paul will be providing us another interesting' Rosanna's Fun Fact", and we'll be making the draw for prizes from the most recent "Shoot the Moon" contest. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Trudy Almon
The Sunday Night Astronomy Show is live now on YouTube and Facebook... please remember to Thumbs Up/Subscribe or Like/Follow/Share!www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLHfeEygPSkwww.facebook.com/astrobythebay/videos/294082725657405On tonight's episode: Optical devices, like telescopes and binoculars, do need care.. but sometimes you can provide too much care, and risk damage, when it's not necessary.On tonight's show, Paul will explain more about when "not" to touch your optical equipment, or at least, not to worry about cleaning it. Also tonight, we'll present the first part of a presentation on the longest current space mission in NASA history, the Voyager mission, now known as the Voyager Interstellar Mission.. This 3 part presentation will reveal many special, and unknown, facts about these amazing 45 year old spacecraft, and the people who continue to support them. We'll also have Mike presenting his latest "Binocular Target of the Week", Paul presenting another interesting segment of Rosanna's Fun Facts, and we'll have all of your wonderful photo submissions to share. ... See MoreSee Less
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