Ghost of the Cepheus

Ghost of the Cepheus Flare-shapes in the royal constellation Cepheus are cosmic dust clouds, faintly visible in dimly reflected starlight.They lurk at the edge of the Cepheus Flare molecular cloud complex some 1,200 light-years away. Over 2 light-years across the ghostly nebula and relatively isolated Bok globule, also known as vdB 141 or Sh2-136, is … Continue reading

Stars of Taurus

Sun and solar corona passing through Taurus constellation, 31st June 2003. 22 images, about 1 per hour. Most stars are known by more than one name; have included some alternatives in brackets: Aldebaran (Alpha Tauri, α Tau) is an orange giant 44 times the size of the Sun, 65 light years away. Sigma Tauri (σ … Continue reading

Alpha Centauri

Alpha Centauri is a triple star system located only 4.3 light years away towards the constellation Centaurus. It is the closest star system to our own, with Proxima Centauri, the dimmest of the three, as the closest star. Alpha Centauri A and B form a binary system, orbiting each other at a distance only slightly … Continue reading

The Whale Galaxy

NGC 4631 is a big beautiful spiral galaxy. Seen edge-on, it lies only 25 million light-years away in the well-trained northern constellation Canes Venatici. The galaxy’s slightly distorted wedge shape suggests to some a cosmic herring and to others its popular moniker, The Whale Galaxy. Either way, it is similar in size to our own Milky Way. In this gorgeous color … Continue reading