dec 282013
Anne's Image of the Day: Emission Nebula NGC 6820

December 28, 2013 NGC 6820, an emission nebula surrounding NGC 6823 Image Credit & Copyright: Robert Gendler ( NGC 6820 (also known as Sh 2-86) is an emission nebula that surrounds the open cluster NGC 6823, located some 6,000 light-years away from Earth in the faint northern constellation of Vulpecula (the Fox), near the Dumbbell [continue reading]

dec 092013
Anne's Image of the Day: Dark Cloud Barnard 68

December 9, 2013 Barnard 68, a dark cloud in Ophiuchus  Image Credit: ESO Barnard 68 (named after the American astronomer Edward Emerson Barnard) is a molecular cloud, dark absorption nebula or Bok globule of about half a light-year across and a mass about twice that of the Sun, located within our Milky Way galaxy, only [continue reading]

nov 122013
Anne's Image of the Day: The Pacman Nebula

November 12, 2013 The Pacman Nebula (NGC 281) in Cassiopeia Image Credit & Copyright: J-P Metsävainio  The Pacman Nebula (NGC 281), described by Nasa as ‘a busy workshop of star formation’ is an emission nebula and H II region of a little over 100 light-years across that lies in the Perseus Spiral Arm, one of two [continue reading]

okt 212013
Anne's Image of the Day: The Lagoon Nebula

October 21, 2013 The Lagoon Nebula, an emission nebula in Sagittarius Image Credit: R. Barba, N. Morrell et al. (UNLP), CTIO, NOAO, NSF The Lagoon Nebula (also known as Messier 8, NGC 6523 and Sh2-25) is an emission nebula that measures about 110 by 50 light-years, located between 4,000 – 6,000 light-years away from Earth [continue reading]

sep 272013
Anne's Image of the Day: Reflection Nebula vdB 152

September 27, 2013 VdB 152, a reflection nebula in Cepheus Image Credit: T.A. Rector (University of Alaska Anchorage) and H. Schweiker (WIYN and NOAO/AURA/NSF) VdB 152 (also known as Cederblad 201) is a blue reflection nebula that glows atop of a dark Bok globule (1) called Barnard 175. This complex, also called Wolf’s Cave, spans [continue reading]

okt 312012
Anne's Picture of the Day: The Ghost Nebula

October 31, 2012 The Ghost Nebula, a reflection nebula in Cepheus Image Credit & Copyright: Adam Block/Mount Lemmon SkyCenter/University of Arizona ( With this cosmic ghost I’m wishing you all a happy and spooky Halloween!   The Ghost Nebula (designated Sharpless 2-136 (Sh2-136) and vdB 141) is a rather isolated reflection nebula over 2 light-years [continue reading]