DEEp in the Heart

An emission nebula in the constellation Cassiopeia

"The Heart Nebula lies some 7500 light years away from Earth and is located in the Perseus Arm of the Galaxy in the constellation Cassiopeia. This is an emission nebula showing glowing ionized hydrogen gas and darker dust lanes.

The nebula's intense red output and its configuration are driven by the radiation emanating from a small group of stars near the nebula's center. This open cluster of stars known as Melotte 15 contains a few bright stars nearly 50 times the mass of our Sun, and many more dim stars that are only a fraction of our Sun's mass."  -   Wikipedia

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Acquisition data:

HaLRGB Composit Image

Image Integration: 6,6 hours

Wurmberg, Germany

Made and designed by ATELIER KURUCZ in 2018