Danish astronomer-turned-engineer Heine Wieben Rasmussen appears to be like to the skies with a thinker’s thoughts. He sees by way of his telescopes elements of house unfathomable to earthlings and unintelligible to the bare eye. Capturing color pictures of deep house takes science, magic and a few poetry.

Pelican Nebula. Some 1 800 light-years away within the constellation of Cygnus, the Swan. The brilliant stars of the Swan constellation make up the neck and wingspan of a swan in flight; inside the swan, a deeper look reveals one other hen, the Pelican Nebula. This picture is a close-up exhibiting a small a part of the nebula, however wider eld views present that it resembles the pinnacle of a pelican. The picture exhibits the ionisation of gases brought on by the radiation of younger stars contained in the nebula. The nebula comprises a number of Herbig-Haro objects – ejecting jets of matter from the spinning disk of collapsing fuel and dirt constructing new stars. Captured on the Avnø Nature Centre, 100km south of Copenhagen.

The Lagoon Nebula, Messier 8. This star nursery is 5 200 light-years away, within the central aircraft of the Milky Means within the constellation of Sagittarius. It’s greatest noticed from the Southern Hemisphere. Within the luminous centre of this cosmic cradle is a new child star referred to as Hershel 36. Though new child, this ‘child’ is 200 000 instances brighter than our Solar and a million years previous. It sends stellar winds and radiation by way of the nebula, making the gases glow. Different new child stars are lighting up this huge nebula and enormous molecular clouds referred to as Bok globules are contracting into proto-stars. Regardless that the scene seems static on a human time scale, the entire Lagoon Nebula will, with time, contract and disperse right into a cluster of stars within the sea of house. Captured at Bliss & Stars, winter 2022.

The Crescent Nebula. In its centre is a Wolf-Rayet star, which is one in a billion. They’re huge sizzling stars ejecting their outer shell within the final phases of their stellar life. The power from the recent central stars makes the increasing shell fluorescent, permitting us to see the increasing bubble. They’re supernovas and can exit with an enormous bang once they lastly give up to gravity. The crimson color is hydrogen and the blue is oxygen (discover that there’s a shell of oxygen surrounding the bubble). This was captured at Avnø Nature Centre, 100km south of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Comet Swan. This house traveller comes from the Oort cloud past the outskirts of our photo voltaic system. Comets are basically massive dusty ice blocks orbiting the Solar elliptically. Some comets get shut sufficient to the Solar for his or her floor to evaporate. Photo voltaic winds blow the ‘melting’ comet particles and fuel into house, giving the comet its iconic tail. For this reason the tail of a comet all the time factors away from the Solar. Capturing a picture of a comet requires a unique method and it’s important to be on the proper spot on the proper time and the climate should play alongside. This picture, captured at Bliss & Stars, is the one I’m most happy with as a result of I can’t remake it ever once more. For that, I would wish to hold round for 17 000 years.

The Eagle Nebula. This star nursery is 7 000 light-years from Earth within the Carina-Sagittarius arm of the Milky Means, within the route of the constellation of Serpens, the snake. Within the coronary heart of the Eagle Nebula is the long-lasting star nursery generally known as the Pillars of Creation. These huge pillars of fuel and dirt are a number of light-years tall, busy constructing new suns and planets, born in an analogous atmosphere that cast our photo voltaic system 4.5 billion years in the past. This narrow-band picture, created with 17 hours of publicity, exhibits hydrogen (yellow), oxygen (blue) and sulfur (crimson). Captured at Bliss & Stars within the Cederberg.


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