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Barnards "E" - Dark Nebulae in Aquila

Image aquired by Todd K. Tuttle 10/28/2022
Barnards Famous Dark Nebula in Aquila is a complex of obscuring dust and gas in a dense star region just south west of Tarazed (gamma aquilae). The structure resembles a large dark "E" against an incredible backdrop of stars.


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*Unless otherwise noted all images are from the STScI Digitized Sky Survey.


Messier Minithon 2022

It's been a while since we've subjected ourselves to a Messier Marathon.  Since our last go (when Luke set our group's record of 104 objects imaged in one night) many of us have changed locations/vocations and either gotten new astro-toys or gotten rid of them :-o

We're going to be assessing a new dark-sky site near Beloit, KS.  The location already has electricity, Internet and ~Bortle 2 skies!

We're planning on doing that during the next Messier Marathon window on (or around) April 1st.  If anyone is interested, we were going to do a Messier Minithon, where we visually observe as many objects as we can in a few hours until we poop out.  Since we have great Internet access provided by NCKCN, we may try a Zoom meeting with all the participants and make a party out of it! In addition, we might try a web-cam to track progress for the general public. Watch our Messier site for updates...



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