Taken from New Mexico Skies using an FSQ 106 ED telescope and STL11K camera.
RGB - 30 min each filter; scale 3.5 asec/px
8 Minutes of the Earth’s Rotation
How I wish our planet’s movement was this apparent while staring at the night sky. It could probably make a lot more people realize just how tiny we are compared to this vast unexplored galaxy above our heads.
This is a stack of 70 pictures with a 5 second exposure each at ISO 3200 and f/2.2.
Photographed by: Paolo Nacpil
This nebula - SH 2-142 - is closely associated with NGC 7380 which is an open cluster of young stars. The Flying Horse (aka Wizard) is an emission nebula illuminated by these stars. This system is about 9,700 light years away.
The 3- to 4-mile-diameter chunk of ice and rock has spent more than 4 billion years in the frozen depths of space, and on Thanksgiving, it will get so close to the sun that it will reach 5,000 degrees — hot enough to melt iron, said Seth Jarvis, director of Clark Planetarium.
Though nothing more than a tiny speck, we might be in for a truly amazing once-in-a-lifetime show. learn more : http://www.minds.com/blog/view/160902/ison-comet-of-the-century