Amateur Astronomy Club

Horsehead and Flame Nebula in Hydrogen Alpha – 16″ x 24″ – Fiberboard

Photographer: Kevin Boucher

This is an 16 x 24″ picture with a fiberboard backing. No frame or hanger included.

The Horsehead Nebula is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion. The nebula is located just to the south of the star Alnitak, which is farthest east on Orion’s Belt, and is part of the much larger Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. The Horsehead Nebula is approximately 1500 light years from Earth. It is one of the most identifiable nebulae because of the shape of its swirling cloud of dark dust and gases, which bears some resemblance to a horse’s head when viewed from Earth.

The Flame Nebula is an emission nebula in the constellation Orion. It is about 900 to 1,500 light-years away. Additional dark gas and dust lies in front of the bright part of the nebula and this is what causes the dark network that appears in the center of the glowing gas. This photo was taken using a Hydrogen Alpha filter which makes it appear as black and white. Most nebulas emit light in the HA wavelength and when using that filter it really allows you to capture the nebula in very high contract and fine detail.