Nebulae - celestialpixels
Powered by SmugMug Log In
The Horsehead Nebula - IC 434

The Horsehead Nebula - IC 434

The Horsehead Nebula (IC 434) is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion. The nebula is located just to the south of the star Alnitak, which is furthest east on Orion's Belt, and is part of the much larger Orion Molecular Cloud 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 is similar to that of a horse's head when viewed from Earth.The red glow originates from hydrogen gas predominantly behind the nebula, ionized by the nearby bright star Sigma Orionis. The darkness of the Horsehead is caused mostly by thick dust, although the lower part of the Horsehead's neck casts a shadow to the left. Streams of gas leaving the nebula are funneled by a strong magnetic field. Bright spots in the Horsehead Nebula's base are young stars just in the process of forming

Telescope: WO FLT98
Camera: ATIK314L Mono
Filters: LRGB +Ha
Total exposure: 8h
Location: Gythio, Greece

HorseheadNebulaIC434