On Saturday August 30th at around 10pm-3am, Comet Jaques passed by the famous Elephant Trunk Nebula in Ic 1396. The Elephant Trunk Nebula is a dark cloud of gas that is condensing down into baby stars. The edges of the cloud are being ionized by a nearby star, giving it the ghostly glow you see […]
Just below the star Deneb in the constellation Cygnus is the aptly named “North American Nebula.” This massive emission nebula is a cloud of ionizing hydrogen lit up by the nearby star Deneb. Due to some lucky fog placement, my local dark site went from an Orange zone to a Green zone in a matter […]
I just made an easy-to-follow guide to the basic components of an astrophotography rig, namely, mine! I hope this helps people who are looking to get into the hobby, but are completely lost on what they need to buy! Check it out!
Originally posted on Jack Lee's Blog:
A few months ago I came across a photograph of the Andromeda galaxy (M31) that completely took my breath away. It was simply beautiful. When I discovered it was taken by a 16 year old, I could not believe it and I was simultaneously green with envy and extremely…
Out near one of the least creative constellations in the sky, lies one of the northern hemisphere’s greatest deep sky treasures. M33 is one of the closest spiral galaxies to our Milky Way, second only to the Andromeda Galaxy. Of our galactic trio, M33 is by far the smallest with a mere 40 billion stars. […]
In the constellation Ophiuchus lies one of our solar system’s closest star forming regions. Shown here is the Rho Ophiuchi nebula. This beautiful cloud of dust is being lit up by the colorful stars imbedded in it. The bright star Antares lies in the middle of the picture just below the globular cluster M4. […]
Today is a big day! My picture of M31 was chosen as today’s (July 30th) Astronomy Picture of the Day by NASA! This is a huge honor for me, and I am very humbled to have my image up among Hubble pictures and others. Thank you!