20 Nov 2009

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Faulkes telescope 20th November 2009

These pictures were taken by class 7S1:

Sky Object Name: m76
Taken By: Uplands Community College
When taken: Nov 20, 2009 10:28:27 UTC
RA: 1h42'18"
DEC: 51°34'07"
Filter: Green
Exposure time: 50 secs.
Instrument: EM01

M76 is among the fainter Messier objects. It is known under the names Little Dumbbell Nebula (the most common), Cork Nebula, Butterfly Nebula, and Barbell Nebula, and it was given two NGC numbers as it was suspected to be a double nebula with two components in contact.
Pioneer astrophotographer Isaac Roberts found that this was not a double, but a single nebula, and first suspected it might be a broad ring seen edgewise. In 1918, Heber D. Curtis correctly classified it as a planetary nebula for the first time.

Sky Object Name: m1
Taken By: Uplands Community College
When taken: Nov 20, 2009 10:22:51 UTC
RA: 5h34'31"
DEC: 22°02'02"
Filter: RGB
Exposure time: 90 secs.
Instrument: EM01

The Crab Nebula, Messier 1 (M1, NGC 1952), is the most famous and conspicuous known supernova remnant, the expanding cloud of gas created in the explosion of a star as supernova which was observed in the year 1054 AD. It shines as a nebula of magnitude 8.4 near the southern "horn" of Taurus, the Bull.

Sky Object Name: m33
Taken By: Uplands Community College
When taken: Nov 20, 2009 10:11:49 UTC
RA: 1h33'51"
DEC: 30°39'37"
Filter: RGB
Exposure time: 120 secs.
Instrument: EM01

The Triangulum Galaxy Messier 33 (M33, NGC 598) is another prominent member of the Local Group of galaxies.
M33 is approaching us (our Solar System) at 182 km/s according to R. Brent Tully, or at 179 +/-3 km/s according to NED. Corrected for our motion around the Milky Way's Galactic Center, it is approaching our Galaxy at 24 km/sec.
M33 was among the first "spiral Nebulae" identified as such by William Parsons, the Third Earl of Rosse. It was also among the first "nebulae" identified as galaxies, in which Cepheid variable stars were found;

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