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Jeff Reitzel

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Chubbuck, Idaho

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Stellarvue SVX102T, QHY268M camera, Astronomik 6nm NB filters, HAE43EC mount


Wolf Rayet 134 is one of 3 similar stars located about 6000ly away in the Constellation Cygnus. They were the first stars of this type studied and given the designation Wolf-Rayet. WR 134 is a very hot star nearly 400,000 times as luminous as our Sun. This star sheds its outer layers in a complex formation of streamers and bubbles formed from the intense stellar radiation pushing out from it. The material shed from the star glows brilliant blue in striking contrast to the dense cloud of hydrogen, sulfur, and dust it is embedded in.