The delicate nebula NGC 1788, located in a dark and often neglected corner of the Orion constellation, is revealed in this 10 hour exposure. Although this ghostly cloud is rather isolated from Orion’s bright stars, their powerful winds and light have a strong impact on the nebula, forging its shape and making it a home to a multitude of infant suns. This image was taken Janauary 1-6, 2014. It is an 11 hour total exposure. Sky conditions were fair, with higher than normal winds and occasional high clouds. There are two hours of h-alpha data included to highlight the red hydrogen clouds. Click to enlarge.

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