Pictures of NGC 6914
A guide to NGC 6914, a beautiful, contrasting nebulae complex in Cygnus.
NGC 6914 is a complex of reflection nebulae at the heart of the constellation Cygnus.
NGC 6914 is 6,000 lightyears away and contains two blue reflection nebulae, vdB 132, seen to the right in the image below, and another reflection nebula, vdB 131, slightly lower to the left.
Contrasting these beautiful glowing gas clouds illuminated by light from powerful, hot blue stars, is the red emission glow of ionised hydrogen and dark, dense cosmic clouds.
The red emission nebula is a result of young stars in the Cygnus OB2 association ionising the surrounding hydrogen.
These contrasting processes produce a region of the sky that's quite spectacular to behold.
Below is a selection of images of NGC 6914 captured by astrophotographers and BBC Sky at Night Magazine readers.