|What's California doing in space?
Drifting through the Orion Arm of the spiral Milky Way Galaxy,
by chance echoes the outline of
on the west coast of the
Our own Sun also lies within the Milky Way's
Arm, only about 1,500 light-years from the
Also known as NGC 1499, the classic emission nebula is around 100
On many images, the most prominent glow of the California Nebula is
the red light characteristic of
atoms recombining with long
lost electrons, stripped away (ionized)
by energetic starlight.
above image, however, hydrogen is colored green, while silicon is
mapped to red and
oxygen mapped to blue.
The star most likely providing the energetic
starlight that ionizes much of the nebular gas is the bright, hot, bluish
just outside the right image edge.
A regular target for astrophotographers,
the California Nebula
can be spotted
with a wide-field telescope under a dark sky
toward the constellation of
Perseus, not far from the
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