Iris Nebula – NGC 7023

Like delicate cosmic petals, these clouds of interstellar dust and gas that have blossomed 1,300 light-years away in the constellation Cepheus, evoke the imagery of flowers. Within the Iris, dusty […]

Running Man Nebula

This is the Running Man Nebula. Found along the sword of Orion just north of the bright Orion Nebula complex, these nebulae are also associated with Orion’s giant molecular cloud […]

M106 Galaxy

It is a spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici. M106 is at a distance of about 22 to 25 million light-years away from Earth. It is also a Seyfert […]

Flame Nebula

My first picture from New Mexico….. Flame Nebula. Fifteen hundred light years away towards the constellation of Orion lies the nebula which, from its glow and dark dust lanes, appears, […]

NGC5982 – Draco Trio

This trio of galaxies is sometimes called the Draco Trio, located in the northern constellation of (you guessed it) Draco. From top to bottom are edge-on spiral NGC 5981, elliptical […]

M15 Globular Cluster

Next is a Globular Cluster named M15. A globular cluster is a spherical collection of stars that orbits a galactic core as a satellite mini-galaxy. Globular clusters are very tightly […]

M76 – Little Dumbbell Nebula

Also known by the popular name the “Little Dumbbell Nebula”, M76 is one of the fainter objects listed in Charles Messier’s 18th century Catalog of Nebulae and Star Clusters. Like […]

M3 – Globular Cluster

M3 – A globular cluster – is an immense ball of half a million stars older than the Sun, held in gravitational embrace by a large black hole (about 5000 […]