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Deep Space Objects

IC434 - The Horsehead Nebula is approximately 1,500 light years from Earth in the constellation Orion. The Horsehead itself is a dark nebula surrounded by an emission nebula. The reddish glow surrounding the dark dust clouds of the horsehead is hydrogen gas ionized by the bright star Sigma Orion. Bright spots in the Horsehead Nebula's base are young stars just in the process of forming. (Bill Snyder, http://billsnyderastrophotography.com/. Individual images available for purchase)


Amateur astronomer Bill Snyder has been involved with astrophotography since 2007. Once the images are taken with his camera and a telescope, they must be processed to produce the colorful images seen in this slide show. He recently acquired a Apogee U8300 CCD camera, an Orion Atlas EQG computerized mount and a TMB SS 130mm telescope which has been installed in his home observatory in Pittsburgh, Pa. Snyder also works with Martin Pugh at Heavens Mirror Observatory at the Sierra Remote Observatory complex in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in CA. (Yahoo News)