Date: August 13th, 2015

Exposure: 11 x 10 minutes (1h 50min)

About This Image


Telescope: Sky-Watcher Equinox 120ED
Mount: Software Bisque Paramount MX
Camera: SBIG ST-8300C
Filter: IDAS LPS-P2 2"
Accessories: Sky-Watcher 0.85 Reducer
Guiding: SBIG ST-i Guide Kit
Software: Photoshop • Deep Sky Stacker • TheSkyX


Nestled in the vast cosmic tapestry lies the Crescent Nebula, a celestial gem that mesmerizes observers with its ethereal beauty. Located approximately 5,000 light-years away from Earth, this celestial wonder stretches across an expansive region of space, boasting a diameter of about 20 light-years. Its name is derived from the intricate shape it possesses, resembling a luminous crescent moon suspended in the cosmos.

Within the heart of the Crescent Nebula, a cosmic ballet unfolds. This breathtaking phenomenon is a result of a massive star nearing the end of its life, shedding its outer layers in a dazzling display. As the star's intense stellar winds collide with the surrounding interstellar medium, shock waves are formed, creating intricate and delicate structures that seem to dance amidst the cosmic stage. The nebula's vibrant hues, ranging from hues of pink and orange to deep reds and blues, illuminate the surrounding space, offering a mesmerizing spectacle that sparks the imagination.

Distance: 5,000 light-years
Size: 20 light-years


All Images    Craig Sherris