I am a native in this world And think in it as a native thinks

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Astronomy Tuesday


Even I can see why this is called the Seagull Nebula; I can clearly see a bird swooping down with a dramatic, almost stylized, curve of wing. But a seagull wouldn't be my first idea -- more likely a bird of prey, with claws ready to snatch the poor little baby nebula cowering below. (Okay, maybe a seagull diving for a chunk of bread is a more attractive idea after all.)

The big blue star is Sirius, the brightest star in our sky, and just below and to the right of it, that smudgy bright spot is the star cluster M. Messier designated as number 41.

Image Credit and Copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo (Deep Sky Colors)

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