Pelican Nebula-IC5070


The Pelican Nebula (also known as IC5070 and IC5067) is an H II region associated with the North America Nebula in the constellation Cygnus. The nebula resembles a pelican in shape, hence the name.  In my image you can see the head of the Pelican from the side, with a dark eye just to the left of center. The Pelican Nebula is a large area of emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus (the Swan), close to Deneb, and divided from its brighter, larger neighbor, the North America Nebula, by a molecular cloud filled with dark dust.

The Pelican is much studied because it has a particularly active mix of star formation and evolving gas clouds. The light from young energetic stars is slowly transforming cold gas to hot and causing an ionization front gradually to advance outward. Particularly dense filaments of cold gas are seen to still remain. (From Wikipedia.) This image is a 4 hour LRGB exposure over 2 nights, August 28 and 29, 2011. This is the first image taken since early July due to an exceptionally long monsoon season in southern Arizona. Imaged with the Hyperion Astrograph and automated with CCDAutopilot 4. 

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