Oregon-based photographer Matt Payne creates stunning landscape and nightscape photography. Payne uses long exposures and composites to illuminate the dark night skies and to capture the motion of the stars in visually stunning compositions.
NGC 346 is a star forming region located about 210,000 light years away in the Small Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy to our Milky Way towards the constellation Tucana, the Toucan. It the largest star forming region in that galaxy at 200 light years across and with over 2500 stars.
Massive stars embedded in the region sweep out caverns in the surrounding material, triggering star formation nearby. Infant stars in the nebula have been found, still in the process of forming and not yet sustaining nuclear fusion. Dwarf galaxies like the Small Magellanic Cloud are thought to be more common in the early Universe, and may be building blocks of larger galaxies.
Clear skies over Yellowstone National Park’s Mammoth Hot Springs provided great views of this morning’s blood moon.
Coyote Head Nebula
The Coyote Head Nebula, IRAS 15541-5349, is a star forming region located towards the constellation Norma. This image is part of a panorama taken by Spitzer, which was opened to the public to search through and name discoveries. This area was dubbed “Nebula Does Not Approve” by a Twitter follower.
In visible light, a thick cloud of dust blocks the view of the young stars burning away their surrounding natal clouds. In infrared light, we can see past this material to the bright center. Color in this image is based on light wavelengths. Hot gas shows green, dust red, while white shows where the material is mixed.
Image and information from Spitzer.
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The Monkey Head Nebula - NGC 2174
NGC 2174, also known as Monkey Head Nebula, is an H II emission nebula. H II regions are large, low-density clouds of partially ionized gas in which star formation has recently taken place. The short-lived blue stars forged in these regions emit copious amounts of ultraviolet light that ionize the surrounding gas. The Monkey Head Nebula is thought to be located about 6,400 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Orion and is associated with the open star cluster NGC 2175.