The Horsehead Nebula

The Horsehead Nebula

Carl Crum '24 The famous Horsehead Nebula – or Barnard 33 – was officially discovered by Williamina Fleming in 1888 and catalogued by E. E. Barnard in 1894. The Horsehead, which is at the center of the photo, is a dark molecular cloud which sits in front of the bright emission nebula IC 434 and lies directly next to Alnitak, the lowest star in Orion’s Belt. The fiery-looking nebula below Altinak is the Flame Nebula, which is illuminated by an open cluster of stars that’s forming inside of it. Although the Horsehead region seems quite large, it is only a…
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Great Conjunction Between Jupiter and Saturn

Great Conjunction Between Jupiter and Saturn

We've got a new column coming to the Quad with the start of the semester: Carl Crum's astrophotography! Here is his first photo, and we look forward to seeing the many more that he will share with the community! Carl's description: This is my take on the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, which I shot with an ASI385MC planetary camera and Celestron C9.25 telescope. On December 21, 2020, the two gas giants Jupiter and Saturn passed within a tenth of a degree from each other, which hadn't happened since 1623 (back when Galileo was still alive). However, in 1623, the conjunction occurred during…
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