Nebulae - Glittering Lights - Marco Lorenzi
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The Cat's Paw Nebula  NGC 6334

The Cat's Paw Nebula NGC 6334

Nebulae are perhaps as famous for being identified with familiar shapes as cats are for getting into trouble. Still, no known cat could have created the vast Cat's Paw Nebula visible in Scorpius. At 5,500 light years distant, Cat's Paw is an emission nebula with a red color that originates from an abundance of ionized hydrogen atoms. Alternatively known as the Bear Claw Nebula or NGC 6334, stars nearly ten times the mass of our Sun have been born there in only the past few million years (text adapted from APOD).

Apo TEC140 (140/f7.2) - FLI Proline 16803 - Ha (310m) OIII (300m) R (180m) G (180m) B (180m) - Warrumbungle Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia