Astrophoto: The Seagull Nebula

Article written: 6 Jan , 2011
Updated: 19 Jan , 2016
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The Seagull Nebula. Credit: Cesar Cantu from Monterrey, Mexico, and the Chilidog Observatory

This lovely image of the Seagull Nebula was sent to us by Cesar Cantu from the Chilidog Observatory in Monterrey, Mexico. He took the image on January 4, 2011 using a Takahashi FSQ106 Telescope and a Canon 5D camera. The Seagull is near Sirius, the main star in the constellation Canis Major. The region also includes NGC 2327 – a compact, dusty emission region with an embedded massive star that forms the bird’s head and IC 2177 – forming the sweeping arc of the seagull’s wings. The image is dominated by the reddish glow of atomic hydrogen and is about 3,800 light-years away.

Beautiful! See more at Cesar’s website, Astrophoto.

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3 Responses

  1. Jon Hanford says

    Nancy, the link appears to be broken.

    Aqua, a beautiful field to amble through with a low-power eyepiece or binos.

  2. Slugsie says

    I dunno about Seagull, looks more like a turtle. In fact … it must be Great A’Tuin, the world turtle!

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