Surrounded by dust from the Integrated Flux Nebula, Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 6952 shines brightly in this stunning night sky photo.
To make this image, Snyder used a Planewave 17 inch scope with Apogee U16 camera and astrodon LRGB fiters.
NGC 6952 is about 60 to 80 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Cephus. It’s called a Barred Spiral Galaxy because it has a bar-like structure in the center. This bulge contains stars, gas and dust that extend from the nucleus of the galaxy. It’s also surrounded by gas and dust from the Integrated Flux Nebula, a complex structure that shines from the diffuse light of all stars in our Milky Way galaxy.
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