Rio Rancho Astronomical Society
Friday, Febuary 3rd, 7:00 PM
The Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will host its regular monthly meeting and stargaze. Guest speaker, Dr. Laurie Wells of CNM will deliver a presentation on exoplanets. Telescopes provided by the Rio Rancho Astronomical Society will give views of the stars and planets after the meeting (weather permitting).
For more information, contact RRAS Vice-President, Melanie Templet at 505-220-5355.
The Magnificent Horsehead Nebula
Sculpted by stellar winds and radiation, a magnificent interstellar dust cloud by chance has assumed this recognizable shape. Fittingly named the Horsehead Nebula, it is some 1,500 light-years distant, embedded in the vast Orion cloud complex. About five light-years "tall", the dark cloud is cataloged as Barnard 33 and is visible only because its obscuring dust is silhouetted against the glowing red emission nebula IC 434. Stars are forming within the dark cloud. Contrasting blue reflection nebula NGC 2023, surrounding a hot, young star, is at the lower left. The gorgeous color image combines both narrowband and broadband images recorded using three different telescopes.