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The Details
IC 2944 The Running Chicken Nebula in Centaurus
Astro-Physics 12" Mak-Cass f/8
Astro-Physics 1600 Mount with absolute encoders
FLI 16803 Proline CCD
Tru-Balance 5 nm H Alpha Filter
27 April 2016
Las Campanas Observatory, Chile
Ha 6 ea x 1200 sec,1x1 bin
ACP, Maxim DL/CCD, , CCDStack 2, Photoshop CS5
Field of view 52' x 52' centered on RA 11h38m21s
DEC-63°33'19" (2000). North angle 359.6°; east 90° CCW from north
C 2944, also known at the Running Chicken Nebula, lies about 6000 light-years distant in the direction of the southern constellation Centaurus.  Illuminated by ultraviolet radiation from an open cluster of massive O-type stars, this nebula contains many fine structural details including a collection of dark molecular clouds known as Thackerey’s Globules in the upper middle region of the image.  These interesting features, discovered by South African astronomer David Thackerey in 1950, hold the potential for becoming nucleation sites for stellar genesis.  Shown here is the central portion of the nebula displaying its young open cluster and some of its more prominent structures.

This image is a collaborative effort between Howard Hedlund of Astro-Physics, Inc. and Dave Jurasevich.




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