Stargazer Snaps Amazing View of Giant 'Wall' In Space (Photo)
Andre van der Hoeven took this image of the Cygnus Wall from his backyard in the Netherlands. He used a TEC-140 telescope, QSI-583 camera and a NEQ-6 mount to capture the image. The photo was released to SPACE.com July 16, 2013.
Credit: Andre van der Hoeven

Astrophotographer Andre van der Hoeven did not let his light-pollution backyard in the Netherlands stop him from taking this spectacular image of the Cygnus Wall.

The Cygnus Wall is the most active region of the North American Nebula, or NGC 7000. The region is distinguished by a glowing-red color caused by hydrogen gas burning where new stars are in the process of forming. The North American Nebula is approximately 1,800 light-years away and roughly 100 light-years in diameter. A light-year is the distance light travels in one year, or about 6 trillion miles (10 trillion kilometers).

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Van der Hoeven used a TEC-140 telescope, QSI-583 camera and a NEQ-6 mount to capture the image. The total exposure time was five hours. The photo was released to SPACE.com on July 16.

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