• IC 1396A – The Elephant Trunk Nebula

    IC 1396A – The Elephant Trunk Nebula

    Can you spot the Elephant’s Trunk in the image? The large round and dark section at the top, is the elephant’s head. The hole represents the elephant’s eye. And the long, dark stream coming off of the head is the trunk. The Elephant Trunk Nebula (IC 1396A) is part of a much larger nebula, identified […]

  • NGC 6946 – The Fireworks Galaxy

    NGC 6946 – The Fireworks Galaxy

    The galaxy NGC 6946 is around 25 million light years away located on the boundary of the constellations Cepheus and Cygnus. The Fireworks Galaxy is about half the size of the Milky Way. Upon closer inspection of the image, you will notice a strange bright spot located above and to the right of the galaxy […]

  • NGC 5033 – Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici

    NGC 5033 – Spiral Galaxy in Canes Venatici

    The galaxy NGC 5033 is somewhere between 40-60 million light years away. From initial observations, it looks pretty bland when compared to the amazing galaxies of M51 – The Whirlpool Galaxy or M63 – The Sunflower Galaxy. When we take a closer look, a few things become visible. First, in the core of NGC 5033 […]