Reflection Nebula: It’s November 6th, and we are waiting to catch the glimpse of one of the most prominent constellations in the night sky of the northern hemisphere.
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Orion: The Hunter
Orion doesn’t need much of an introduction for seasoned stargazers, but for those readers who aren’t familiar with astronomy, the “Hunter” constellation might not ring a bell. You can spot this constellation predominantly in the upper region of Orion, often called “The Sword.” It’s a reflection nebula, made up of interstellar clouds that bounce back the light from nearby stars. Interestingly, this nebula is relatively nearby in cosmic terms, unlike objects situated a daunting 1500 light-years away from Earth.
Reflection Nebula: The Brightest Part and Its Discovery
The brightest part of this nebula was first discovered by the German-British astronomer William Herschel back in 1786 – he often worked closely with his equally illustrious sister, Caroline.
This beautiful image was captured by David Beury, who resides in Oakland, just north of El Cerrito, California. Beury used a William Optics GT81 telescope and a QHY168C CMOS camera for this shot. To create this image, Beury took 35 three-minute-long exposures for the light frames and an equal number of dark frames and other calibration frames. All that wait and effort was well worth it!