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November deep sky: Nebulae, clusters and more

November deep sky: Large red cloud in space with a small horsehead-shaped dark indentation.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Andreas Hartung captured this beautiful deep sky image of the Horsehead Nebula (Barnard 33) in Orion. He wrote: “I took this image from my garden in Dublin, Ireland, over several nights, starting from November 5 and finishing on the 19th. I had a combined imaging time of 10.5 hours.” Thank you, Andreas! See more of the November deep sky below.

Photos of the November deep sky

Enjoy these November deep-sky photos. See diffuse nebulae as well as a beautiful galaxy beyond our own. These images are all from members of the EarthSky community. Do you have a great photo to share? Submit it here.

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Diffuse nebulae in the deep sky

Large area of pale blue cloudiness with bright stars immersed within.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Eyad Khailany near Erbil, Iraq, captured this telescopic image of the Pleiades cluster and surrounding nebulosity on November 11, 2020. He digitally reprocessed the image on November 13, 2022. Eyad wrote: “The Pleiades (M 45 or Merope Nebula) is one of the most popular star clusters among various cultures around the world. Each nation has a story to tell about it. In the Middle East it’s known as the 7 Sisters, marking the visible main stars of the cluster that formed the shape of a tomb. The story goes that a good father passed away, and the tomb was carried by his 7 daughters to his final burial.” Thank you, Eyad!
Large strands of red and blue curved filaments against black background with scattered stars.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Jeremy Likness in Monroe, Washington, captured this telescopic view of the Eastern Veil Nebula (NGC 6992, the main part of the Cygnus Loop) on November 16, 2022. He wrote: “Nearly 15,000 years ago, a supermassive star 20 times the volume of our own sun exploded. The shockwave sent a wave of interstellar dust hurtling outward at a rate of thousands of kilometers per second. Now spanning light-years, the beautiful Cygnus Loop contains several named nebulae. This is the East Veil and is known for its signature ‘filaments’ that are ripples of the surface of an ionized gas shell viewed edge-on.” Thank you, Jeremy!

A galaxy beyond our own

Oblique view of large yellowish spiral galaxy with 2 small glowing ovals and foreground stars.
View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Karrar Mohammed in Alkut, Iraq, captured this telescopic image of the Andromeda Galaxy (Messier 31) on November 3, 2022. He wrote: “The Andromeda Galaxy, also known as Messier 31 or NGC 224 and originally the Andromeda Nebula, is a barred spiral galaxy with a diameter of about 152,000 light-years. It’s approximately 2.5 million light-years from Earth and the nearest large galaxy to the Milky Way. The galaxy’s name stems from the area of Earth’s sky in which it appears, the constellation of Andromeda. The constellation’s name comes from the princess who was the wife of Perseus in Greek mythology.” Thank you, Karrar!

Bottom line: Members of the EarthSky community shared these amazing photos of November’s deep sky.

November 29, 2022

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