PhotographerHoward H Bower
Location of photoChandler, AZ
Date/Time of photoNovember 2013
EquipmentThis image was taken with Astrodon narrowband filters using a Takahashi FSQ106ED refractor telescope and an FLI ML16803 CCD Camera.
DescriptionThe emission nebula on the left is famous partly because it resembles Earth's continent of North America. To the right of the North America Nebula, cataloged as NGC 7000, is a less luminous nebula that resembles a pelican dubbed the Pelican Nebula. The two emission nebulae measure about 50 light-years across, are located about 1,500 light years away, and are separated by a dark absorption cloud. This image captures the nebulae, bright ionization fronts and fine details of the dark dust. The nebulae can be seen with binoculars from a dark location. It is still unknown which star or stars ionize the glowing hydrogen gas.