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The Cone Nebula from Hubble 

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Image Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA, ESA – Processing & Licence: Judy Schmidt
 

Stars are forming in the gigantic dust pillar called the Cone Nebula. Cones, pillars, and majestic flowing shapes abound in stellar nurseries where natal clouds of gas and dust are buffeted by energetic winds from newborn stars. The Cone Nebula, a well-known example, lies within the bright galactic star-forming region NGC 2264. The Cone was captured in unprecedented detail in this close-up composite of several observations from the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. While the Cone Nebula, about 2,500 light-years away in Monoceros, is around 7 light-years long, the region pictured here surrounding the cone’s blunted head is a mere 2.5 light-years across. In our neck of the galaxy that distance is just over half way from the Sun to its nearest stellar neighbor, the Alpha Centauri star system. The massive star NGC 2264 IRS, seen by Hubble’s infrared camera in 1997, is the likely source of the wind sculpting the Cone Nebula and lies off the top of the image. The Cone Nebula’s reddish veil is produced by glowing hydrogen gas.

NASA APOD 28-May-14

Star forming region NGC 2264: The Cone Nebula and the Christmas Tree Cluster

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The Cone Nebula is an H II region in the constellation of Monoceros. It was discovered by William Herschel on December 26, 1785, at which time he designated it H V.27. The nebula is located about 830 parsecs or 2,700 light-years away from Earth. The Cone Nebula forms part of the nebulosity surrounding the Christmas Tree Cluster. The designation of NGC 2264 in the New General Catalogue refers to both objects and not the nebula alone. The diffuse Cone Nebula, so named because of its apparent shape, lies in the southern part of NGC 2264, the northern part being the magnitude-3.9 Christmas Tree Cluster. It is in the northern part of Monoceros, just north of the midpoint of a line from Procyon to Betelgeuse.

Imaging cameras: Apogee Aspen 16M
Mounts: Software Bisque Paramount ME
Guiding cameras: SBIG STi
Focal reducers: Takahashi 645 Reducer QE 0.72X
Software: PixInsight, MaximDL 5
Filters: Astrodon Ha 3nm, Astrodon 3nm SII, Astrodon 3nm OIII
Dates: Jan. 27, 2014, Jan. 28, 2014
Frames:
Astrodon 3nm OIII: 10×1200″ bin 1×1
Astrodon 3nm SII: 6×1200″ bin 1×1
Astrodon Ha 3nm: 28×1200″ bin 1×1
Integration: 14.7 hours
Autor: Craig Prost

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