“Thor’s Helmet” Nebula

This complex cloud of gas and dust is roughly 12,000 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Canis Major. The central star is what is designated as a Wolf-Rayet star, a super hot start that is thought to be in a pre-supernova stage.

The nebula contains several hundred solar masses of ionized material in addition several thousand of non-ionized gas.

The image was captured with the 60cm Planewave CDK24 telescope at the El Sauce Observatory in Chile, through the web site Telescope.live. The raw data was captured through Red, Green, and Blue filters and processed in my studio using Pixinsight and Photoshop.

~ by Rsmith on December 16, 2020.

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