The Tadpoles in IC 410

Posted by azindarkskies
on Sunday, December 4, 2011

The emission nebula IC 410 lies approximately 12,000 light-years away in the Auriga constellation. The cloud of glowing gas is over 100 light-years across. It is sculptured by stellar winds and radiation from the embedded open star cluster. Formed in the interstellar cloud four million years ago, bright cluster stars are seen just below the cloud near the center. At just below the center left are two relatively dense streamers of material trailing away from the nebula's central regions. Potentially sites of ongoing star formation, these “tadpoles” are about 10 light-years long. This is narrowband image using a modified Hubble Palette and acquired using a TEC140ED @f/7 refractor telescope and a QSI583wsg ccd camera.

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