Running Chicken Nebula
A giant running Chicken
To some, it looks like a giant chicken running across the sky. To others, it looks like a gaseous nebula where star formation takes place. Cataloged as IC 2944, the Running Chicken Nebula spans about 100 light years and lies about 6,000 light years away toward the constellation of the Centaur (Centaurus). The featured image, shown in scientifically assigned colors, was captured recently in a 2.5-hour exposure from Bortle 1 skies in Chile. The star cluster Collinder 249 is visible embedded in the nebula’s glowing gas. Although difficult to discern here, several dark molecular clouds with distinct shapes can be found inside the nebula.
The Running Chicken Nebula in Centaurus
Data acquisition by
|Imaging telescope||Officina Stellare Veloce RH200|
|Imaging camera||FLI ML16200|
|Mount||ASTRO-PHYSICS AP 1200 GTO|
|Filter||Astrodon Ha/OIII/SII 50mm square 3nm|
|Integration||2.5 hours, H-Alpha: 5×600″, OIII: 5×600″, SII: 5×600″|
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