|Welcome to my parlor said the spider to the fly.
I've added another two hours of data to this one over the last few
nights and improved the processing considerably. The shot was taken
from my urban driveway with bright, but clear bortle 6-7 skies.
According to the NASA APOD site - Bright clusters and nebulae abound in the ancient northern constellation of Auriga. The region includes the open star cluster M38, emission nebula IC 410 with Tadpoles, Auriga's own Flaming Star Nebula IC 405, and this interesting pair IC 417 and NGC 1931. An imaginative eye toward the expansive IC 417 and diminutive NGC 1931 suggests a cosmic spider and fly. About 10,000 light-years distant, both represent young, open star clusters formed in interstellar clouds and still embedded in glowing hydrogen gas. For scale, the more compact NGC 1931 is about 10 light-years across.
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