The Northern Trifid in Pegasus

Photographer
Steve Pastor
Email
astro3d@pvtnetworks.net
Location of photo
Mayhill, New Mexico
Date/Time of photo
Nights of 23 Nov, 30 Nov, 5 Dec 2016
Equipment
SBIG 8300c CCD camera and a RCOS 12.5 inch f9 astrograph on a Paramount ME
Description
The Northern Trifid (aka NGC 1579) is found in the constellation Pegasus. Unlike its southern neighbor Messier 20 from which it got its name, the reddish hues are not a HII region but rather dust lighted by the reflection of a star with an unusual amount of H-alpha emission as well as interstellar extinction (S. J. O'Meara, The Secret Deep, 2011, pp 79-81). Our current understanding suggests the Northern Trifid is a vast dusty star-forming region. Total combined exposure of 8 hr 20 min.

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