Melotte 15 in Cassiopeia

Melotte 15 Nebula Astrophotography Martin Rusterholz

Cos­mic clouds form fant­ast­ic shapes in the cent­ral regions of emis­sion neb­ula IC 1805. The clouds are sculp­ted by stel­lar winds and radi­ation from massive hot stars in the nebula’s new­born star cluster, Melotte 15. About 1.5 mil­lion years young, the cluster stars are scattered in this col­or­ful sky­scape, along with dark dust clouds in sil­hou­ette against glow­ing atom­ic gas.

Wider field images reveal that IC 1805’s sim­pler, over­all out­line sug­gests its pop­u­lar name — The Heart Neb­ula. IC 1805 is loc­ated about 7,500 light years away toward the boast­ful con­stel­la­tion Cassiopeia.

[descrip­tion from APOD]

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RCOS 14.5” f/​8
ASA DDM85
Apo­gee U16M
Astro­don Gen2
HaLRGB 800:480:220:180:180 min.
ROSA Remote Obser­vat­or­ies South­ern Alps
© Mar­tin Ruster­holz, Astrophotographer

Find­er Chart Melotte 15

Melotte 15 Nebula Astrophotography Martin Rusterholz

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