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Heart and Soul Nebulae

Posted: October 18th, 2011, 8:35 pm
by Christopher K.
I mentioned these in the "Happy 15th Birthday, APOD!" thread. The Heart (IC 1805) and the Soul (IC 1848) are emission nebulae that lie 6000 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia. Although the WISE image's color is "representational", it's still beautiful!

In the same light of direction are the elliptical galaxy Maffei 1 and the spiral galaxy Maffei 2.

More information: ... 00524.html
November 2011 Astronomy, pp. 24-25.

Re: Heart and Soul Nebulae

Posted: August 22nd, 2018, 11:02 pm
by Christopher K.
Jesús M.Vargas and Maritxu Poyal contributed a beautiful image of the Soul Nebula, which made it as yesterday's APOD. The nebula contains a radio source called (I believe) Westerhout 5.

The 21 August 2018 APOD: