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Steve Pastor

Location of Photo:

Mayhill, New Mexico

Date/Time of photo:

Nights of 23 Nov, 30 Nov, 5 Dec 2016


SBIG 8300c CCD camera and a RCOS 12.5 inch f9 astrograph on a Paramount ME


The Northern Trifid (aka NGC 1579) is found in the constellation Pegasus. Unlike its southern neighbor Messier 20 from which it got its name, the reddish hues are not a HII region but rather dust lighted by the reflection of a star with an unusual amount of H-alpha emission as well as interstellar extinction (S. J. O'Meara, The Secret Deep, 2011, pp 79-81). Our current understanding suggests the Northern Trifid is a vast dusty star-forming region. Total combined exposure of 8 hr 20 min.


Image of Steve-Pastor


October 16, 2017 at 8:03 pm

Typo: NGC 1579 is in the constellation Perseus.

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