Spiral Galaxy Shakes Off Cosmic Dust in Photo
Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 6952 appears surrounded by dust from the Integrated Flux Nebula in this image. This photo was taken by Bill Snyder at Heavens Mirror Observatory, Sierra Nevada Mountains, CA. in August 2012.
Credit: Bill Snyder Astrophotography

Surrounded by dust from the Integrated Flux Nebula, Barred Spiral Galaxy NGC 6952 shines brightly in this stunning night sky photo.

Photographer Bill Snyder took this photo at Heavens Mirror Observatory, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Calif., in August 2012.

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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