The cosmic question mark.


Paul C Swift

Home observatory, Valencia, Spain

Imaging telescope: Vixen VSD 100 f/3 Imaging camera: 9.2mp Sony SX814 Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX Guiding telescope or lens: Vixen VSD 100 f/3 Filters: Chroma SII 3nm, Chroma OIII 3nm, Chroma Ha 3nm Frames: 172×1800″ Integration: 86.0

The cosmic question mark panarama A turbulent ring of dust and gas frozen in time like some fossilized explosion, hovers motionless in Cepheus. A memory of a dying star spanning some 80 light-Years. Cederblad and the surrounding nebula clouds begin to emerge through the gloom of Valencia’s urban skies. This is a three panel mosaic revealing the cosmic question mark. NGC 7822 can be found at the edge of a giant molecular cloud in Cepheus and lies approximately 3,000 light-years away from our home planet.