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Astr110 Photography Projects, Spring 2006

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IC 426 , Jonkman Matt

IC 426

This is a Reflection Nebula in the constellation Orion. Its scientific name is IC 426 and it is a small Nebula found just above the center star of Orinos Belt and directly to the left of the last star in Orion's belt, however this Nebula is far to dim to be be seen by the naked eye or even an amateur telescope. A nebula is defined as an cloud of dust gas and plasma found in space. A reflection Nebula is a nebula that is illuminated by reflecting light from nearby stars.

As you can see the main part of the nebula is found between the four bright stars in the picture. Since this is an extremely dim nebula the color is hard to capture. As I said this nebula is found in the Orion constellation, that being the case its distance from earth is about 1500 Light Years! The approximate size of this image is 5 arc minutes and is approximately 2.2 Light Years across.

References:
"Around IC426 (Reflection Nebula in Orion)" http://www.ne.jp/asahi/stellar/scenes/object_e/ic426.htm

"Orion Nebula" Space.com http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/astronomy/orion_vlt_010118-1.html

Right Ascension (J2000) 05:36:48
Declination (J2000) -00:15:00
Filters used blue(B), green(V), red(R), and clear(C)
Exposure time per filter 5x60 seconds in C, 300 seconds in BVR
Date observed

March 13, 2006 (BVG)
March 20, 2006 (C)