Skywatcher Snaps Mesmerizing View of Spider Nebula (Photo)

Spider Nebula by Brecher
Astrophotographer Ron Brecher took this image of IC 417, known as the spider nebula, from Guelph, Ontario. (Image credit: Ron Brecher)

The stunning view of the Spider nebula offers a cosmic web of celestial delights, and was captured by astrophotographer Ron Brecher in Guelph, Ontario. 

Brecher took multiple exposures of the distant nebula to collect enough light to create an image that would otherwise not be evident to the eye. 

IC 417 is an emission nebula about 10,000 light-years away in the constellation Auriga. A light-year is the distance light travels in one year, or about 6 trillion miles (10 trillion kilometers). Hot, massive blue stars energize the glowing center of the nebula. New stars are being formed in the ovals and the surrounding bluish nebula [Gallery: Strange Nebula Shapes, What Do You See? ]

Of course, the Spider nebula wouldn't be complete without it's nearby counterpart. 

"The 'Fly' lies nearby, and I might image it sometime," Brecher wrote in an email to

Brecher used a SBIG STL-11000M camera, Baader Ha, R, G and B filters, 10"ASA astrograph operating at f/6.8, Paramount MX.  Guided with QHY5 guider and 80 mm f/6 Stellar-Vue refractor.

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