Public Meeting Tuesday 11th June 2019

Pan-Starrs

Pan-STARRS Across the Lagoon 
Image Data Credit: Pan-STARRS, Eric Coles, Martin Pugh – Processing: Eric Coles

Ridges of glowing interstellar gas and dark dust clouds inhabit the turbulent, cosmic depths of the Lagoon Nebula. Also known as M8, the bright star forming region is about 5,000 light-years distant. But it still makes for a popular stop on telescopic tours of the constellation Sagittarius, toward the center of our Milky Way Galaxy. Dominated by the telltale red emission of ionized hydrogen atoms recombining with stripped electrons, this stunning view of the Lagoon is over 100 light-years across. At its center, the bright, compact, hourglass shape is gas ionized and sculpted by energetic radiation and extreme stellar winds from a massive young star. In fact, the many bright stars of open cluster NGC 6530 drift within the nebula, just formed in the Lagoon several million years ago. Broadband image data from Pan-STARRS (Panoramic Survey Telescope & Rapid Response System) was combined with narrowband data from amateur telescopes to create this wide and deep portrait of the Lagoon Nebula.

Source (https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html)

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Our next public meeting is on Tuesday 11th June.

Activity

Telescope viewing concurrent with an on-screen program:

What happens at the edge of the Universe?

An astrobiologist investigates the future potential of Mars.

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Our next public meeting –

Viewing – both astronomical and on-screen:

What happens at the edge of the Universe?

Tuesday 11th June at 7.30pm

Fergusson Park Observatory, Tilby Drive, Matua, Tauranga.

 

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