Rio Rancho Astronomical Society
Friday Nov 13th: Monthly meeting and stargaze.
Special guest speaker, Loretta Hall describes contributions to space travel made by New Mexico scientists and engineers, beginning with Robert Goddard’s arrival in Roswell in 1930 to the present day with the commercialization of spaceflight at Spaceport America near Las Cruces.
Meeting starts at 7:00 PM (please note change in time) with stargaze to follow (weather permitting)
For more information, contact RRAS President, Melanie Templet at 505-220-5355.
Bright from the Heart Nebula
What's that inside the Heart Nebula? First, the large emission nebula dubbed IC 1805 looks, in whole, like a human heart. The nebula glows brightly in red light emitted by its most prominent element: hydrogen. The red glow and the larger shape are all created by a small group of stars near the nebula's center. In the center of the Heart Nebula are young stars from the open star cluster Melotte 15 that are eroding away several picturesque dust pillars with their energetic light and winds. The open cluster of stars contains a few bright stars nearly 50 times the mass of our Sun, many dim stars only a fraction of the mass of our Sun, and an absent microquasar that was expelled millions of years ago. The Heart Nebula is located about 7,500 light years away toward the constellation of Cassiopeia. At the top right is the companion Fishhead Nebula.