The constellation Cygnus the swan, also known as the Northern Cross, straddles a star-rich section of the northern Milky Way. Gamma Cygni is the star located at the intersection of the cross. Also called Sadr, this star is set against an intricate network of emission nebulosity. The nebula, designated IC 1318, and Sadr are not physically related, with the nebula being 3,000 light years more distant.
This is a 64 minute exposure with a 10-inch F4 astrograph.
Photo and notes Copyright J. Hervat
NOTE: The Fine Art America watermark in the lower right does not appear on the print.
January 25th, 2021
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