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Photographer:

Howard H Bower

Email:

hbower7@cox.net

Location of Photo:

Chandler, AZ

Date/Time of photo:

November 2013

Equipment:

This image was taken with Astrodon narrowband filters using a Takahashi FSQ106ED refractor telescope and an FLI ML16803 CCD Camera.

Description:

The emission nebula on the left is famous partly because it resembles Earth's continent of North America. To the right of the North America Nebula, cataloged as NGC 7000, is a less luminous nebula that resembles a pelican dubbed the Pelican Nebula. The two emission nebulae measure about 50 light-years across, are located about 1,500 light years away, and are separated by a dark absorption cloud. This image captures the nebulae, bright ionization fronts and fine details of the dark dust. The nebulae can be seen with binoculars from a dark location. It is still unknown which star or stars ionize the glowing hydrogen gas.

Website:

www.azindarkskies.com

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