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Now is the Time to Observe Uranus
Image credit & copyright: #NASA/JPL Voyager 2. Full post w’ info and links on the blog at DanSpace77.com.
Uranus reaches opposition about every 369.6 days (just over 1 year) and this opposition will bring Uranus to within 18.88 AU (1.755 billion mi. or 2.824 billion km) from Earth (remember, an astronomical unit or “AU” is one Earth-Sun distance or about 93 million mi. or 149 million km). Fun Facts: Uranus is the only planet named after a Greek deity. All others are maned after Roman gods. Herschel originally named the planet Georgium Sidus (George’s Star) in honor of King George III. Johann Elert Bode proposed the name Uranus in March of 1782 and the name became universal in 1850 (about 70 years after the planets discovery). Uranus is the only planet other than Venus that doesn’t rotate in a counter clockwise motion but as Venus rotates backward (retrograde), Uranus technically still rotates in a prograde or clockwise motion but it’s on its side so it sort of, “rolls” along its orbit. FYI: Neptune’s moon, Triton orbits (not rotates) Neptune backward (retrograde or counter clockwise). Uranus also has a thin ring system. .
Just a reprocess of the Bubble Nebula. I captured just over 4hours of Ha data and 7hrs of Oiii data using an at65edq and an at8rc. This rendition is a little bit smoother as well as sharper :) Sorry for the reposts too, I’m waiting of the CEM60 and Tri-Pier to arrive. The Losmandy gave me too much trouble. I’m aiming for a wide field shot in LRGB when that comes in 😊
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Hubble captured what looks like a colorful holiday ornament in space. It's actually an image of NGC 6326, a planetary nebula with glowing wisps of outpouring gas that are lit up by a central star nearing the end of its life.
When a star ages and the red giant phase of its life comes to an end, it starts to eject layers of gas from its surface leaving behind a hot and compact white dwarf. Sometimes this ejection results in elegantly symmetric patterns of glowing gas, but NGC 6326 is much less structured. This object is located in the constellation of Ara, the Altar, about 11,000 light-years from Earth.
Planetary nebulae are one of the main ways in which elements heavier than hydrogen and helium are dispersed into space after their creation in the hearts of stars. Eventually some of this out-flung material may form new stars and planets.
In the wise words of @spaceykacey “I’m alright with a slow burn...”
The creative process is a constant slow burn, that journey you take to craft the perfect lyric to convey your heart, no matter how long it takes to get it right, it’s a journey that’s worthwhile. it’s a journey of finding your voice, a journey of discovering your instinct as a songwriter. Cliché won’t work, it’s been done before. But finding new personal ways to convey how you feel, that will always be fresh, and people always respond to fresh & real. So yeah...I’m alright with a slow burn. 💕 #latenightthoughts#idk#goldenhour#process#journey#songwriting
The Witch's Broom Nebula (Caldwell 34) - I took this image last year sometime under light polluted skies in Aurora, Colorado.
Ten thousand years ago, before the dawn of recorded human history, a new light would have suddenly have appeared in the night sky and faded after a few weeks. Today we know this light was from a supernova, or exploding star, and record the expanding debris cloud as the Veil Nebula, a supernova remnant.  Blasted out in the cataclysmic explosion, the interstellar shock wave plows through space sweeping up and exciting interstellar material. Imaged with narrow band filters, the glowing filaments are like long ripples in a sheet seen almost edge on, remarkably well separated into atomic hydrogen (red) and oxygen (blue-green) gas. This Witch's Broom actually spans about 35 light-years.  - NASA (APOD)
Astrodon 3nm Ha/Oiii filters (7hrs and 7hrs respectively) - 56x900s exposures
102mm apo refractor
Atik 414 ex CCD
Orion Atlas GEM
Global Ocean Suspected on Saturns Enceladus⠀
Do some surface features on Enceladus roll like a conveyor belt? A leading interpretation of images taken of Saturn's most explosive moon indicate that they do. This form of asymmetric tectonic activity, very unusual on Earth, likely holds clues to the internal structure of Enceladus, which may contain subsurface seas where life might be able to develop. Pictured above is a composite of 28 images taken by the robotic Cassini spacecraft in 2008 just after swooping by the ice-spewing orb. Inspection of these images show clear tectonic displacements where large portions of the surface all appear to move all in one direction. On the image right appears one of the most prominent tectonic divides: Labtayt Sulci, a canyon about one kilometer deep. The small magnitude of Enceladus' wobble as it orbits Saturn might indicate damping by a globally extending underground ocean layer.⠀
Image Credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA, Cassini⠀