Gamma Cygnus Region | Fred Herrmann

Fred Herrmann
Location of photo
United States
Date/Time of photo
Summer 2013
Mach1, STL11K, FSQ-85
This is a very wide field image that spans an angular diameter of over 6 degrees. This is the same angle you would see by placing eleven full Moons side by side. These cosmic molecular clouds lie at the center of our Milky Way in the constellation Cygnus (The Swan) at a distance of 2,000 light-years. Cygnus was one of the original constellations recorded by the ancient Greek astronomer Ptolemy (AD 90 – AD 168). Towards the center of the image lies the bright bluish star “Sadr”. The word Sadr comes from the Arabic word meaning “chest”. Very appropriate since it sits on the breast of the Swan. At the very top left of the image is the “Crescent” nebula. L(Ha)RGB 5x1800s Ha, 5x700s RGB
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