I am very glad to report that my image of the Horse-head Nebula was published on the cover of the international journal called “World Neurosurgery” in July 2017.
World Neurosurgery is a world-wide published bimonthly peer-reviewed medical journal that was established in 1973 and is one of the leading neurosurgical papers.
Neurosurgery and the Arts:
“World Neurosurgery is changing the cover art and filler art motif. This motif involves the display of art by neurosurgeons. Such art might naturally include photography, photographs of sculptures or paintings, prose or poetry, etc. The editors ask Neurosurgeons to submit high resolution images, in a portrait setting, of such art. These images will be considered for future World Neurosurgery journal covers and for filler art.”
Cited from the Journal:
Focus on the Cover:
Peter Kurucz, MD: “The Hippocampus of a distant world - The Horsehead Nebula. This image is an astrophoto made by me with my own amateur telescope from the backyard of our house in the near of Stuttgart, Germany. This beautiful creature of nature is located about 1.500 light years away from our home planet. The colourful objects are emission and reflection nebulae of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex where star formation is taking place. The big yellow object called “Flame Nebula” at the corner of the image is one of these stellar nurseries. The Horsehead Nebula itself is a collection of dark cloud of dust and gas located against a bright red-purple coloured emission nebula called IC 434 which makes the silhouette of a horse head visible viewed from the earth. This part is about 1,5 light years across which is about 2000 times bigger than our entire solar system. Despite of these incredible distances and sizes this complex of nebulae and stars are located still in our neighbourhood, in the same spiral arm of our home galaxy, the Milky Way. The big bright star is called “Alnitak” located at the eastern end of Orion’s belt. This, so called “Deep-Sky Image” was taken on the 30th of December, 2016 with an amateur astrophotography system consisting of a newtonian telescope with a diameter of 200 mm and 800 mm focal length equipped on a special computerised telescope mount to track the visible rotation of the sky. It took about two and a half hours of exposure for a special modified DSLR camera to acquire the raw images and another 15 hours of post-processing to get the final result presented here.”