The California Nebula NGC1499

Field centered on R.A. 04h 00' & Dec. +36 30'


Drifting through the Orion Arm of the spiral Milky Way Galaxy, this cosmic cloud by chance echoes the outline of California on the west coast of the United States. Our own Sun also lies within the Milky Way's Orion Arm, only about 1,500 light-years from the California Nebula. Also known as NGC 1499, the classic emission nebula is around 100 light-years long. It glows with the red light characteristic of hydrogen atoms recombining with long lost electrons, stripped away (ionized) by energetic starlight. In this case, the star most likely providing the energetic starlight is the bright, hot, bluish Xi Persei, just below of the nebula and below picture center (text adapted from APOD).


Exposure (min):
Pentax SXD75 + Vixen Atlux + SBIG STL11K + Optec Ha filter Ha=40

Gambugliano (Vi) - Italy





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