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  • Writer's pictureKevin Hearn

Horse Head (also known as Barnard 33) and Flame Nebula NGC 2024 in RGB.

The Horsehead Nebula is approximately 1400 light years from Earth. It is one of the most identifiable nebulae because of its resemblance to a horse's head. The bright star Alnitak, the easternmost star in the Belt of Orion, shines energetic ultraviolet light into the Flame and this knocks electrons away from the great clouds of hydrogen gas that reside there. Much of the glow results when the electrons and ionized hydrogen recombine.

This image is taken with Red, Green, Blue Filters using Atik 460ex Mono Camera , images then processed in Photoshop CS5. 10 x 15 min Red, 11x 15 min Green 11x 15 Min Blue , Camera cooled to -10. A Total of 8 Hours Imaging. This was taken over three nights in February.

This imagfe not as clear as I was hoping so may return to this image in the future.

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