Daily Telescope: A bright nebula in a one-horned constellation


NGC 2170.

Mel Martin

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Good morning. It’s February 8, and today’s photo comes from the skies over Arizona.

This is an image of NGC 2170, the reddish nebula in the center of the frame. It is a large area of cosmic dust that is reflecting the light of bright, nearby stars. There are other nebulae and bright stars in this image, all of which combine to give this image its colorful appearance.

The nebula can be found in the constellation Monoceros—which means “one-horned,” as opposed to the more commonly used rhinoceros, which means “nose-horned.”

The image comes from Mel Martin, who has a great collection of astrophotography on his website.

Source: Mel Martin

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