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NGC 7822 is a young star forming complex in the constellation of Cepheus. The complex encompasses the emission region designated Sharpless 171, and the young cluster of stars named Berkeley 59. The complex is believed to be some 800-1000 pc distant, with the younger components aged no more than a few million years. The complex …

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  Stars are forming in the Soul of the Queen of Aethopia. More specifically, a large star forming region called the Soul Nebula can be found in the direction of the constellation Cassiopeia, who Greek mythology credits as the vain wife of a King who long ago ruled lands surrounding the upper Nile river. The …

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Full resolution on Flickr Published on Bad astronomy blog About 2 years ago I worked on a mosaic of Messier 106, made using images of the Hubble Space Telescope. Recently I found some new data sources on the internet, including some huge telescope databases with data from professional telescopes. That’s when I decided to see …

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Last night we had a great lecture from Hanny Van Arkel at the Vereniging Christiaan Huygens in Papendrecht. She discovered a new kind of astronomical object in 2007 using the Galaxy Zoo. The class of objects is now called officially ´Hanny´s voorwerp (HsV)´ which is a great achievement I think. One hypothesis suggests that HsV …

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