This month, we’re heading to the constellation of Sagittarius from our base in Namibia. Fleeing the overwhelming heat of the world’s oldest desert, the Namib, we’re diving into the heart of the pink Lagoon. The nebula stretches deep over 100 light years. On our way, we cross star reefs and Bok globules. We narrowly avoid being engulfed by a tornado caused by the emission of ultraviolet rays from a massive star, tunneling into an even darker region. Halfway in, we find ourselves in the area called the Hourglass Zone and witness, with awe, the birth of young stars that will in turn illuminate this immense expanse of cosmic gas..
Object: M8 Lagoon Nebula
Stacked images: 360x10s
Total exposure time: 1 hour
Author: Sebastien A.
Fifth-brightest galaxy in the sky, Centaurus A mesmerized us all.
Glaciers melting in the dead of night.
And the superstars sucked into the supermassive blackhole*
You set our Stellina alight.
Object: Centaurus A Galaxy
Stacked images: 174x10s
Total exposure time: 30 minutes
Author: Sebastien Aubry
*Extract from Supermassive Black Hole (Muse)
Off we go, on the wings of adventure, riding the Atlas comet through outer space. Into the roaring unknown, we’re uncovering space’s mysteries, remembrance of things past. As we retreat, temperatures warm and our comet is fading away. Farewell Atlas!
Let take the Swan’s way.
Object: Comet SWAN C/2020 F8
Stacked images: 103x10s
Total exposure time: 1 hour and 46 minutes
Location: Keetmanshoop, Namibie
Author: Sebastien Aubry and Pierik Falco
Object: Comet ATLAS
Stacked images: 535x10s
Total exposure time: 1 hour and 37 minutes
Author: Pierik Falco
At first, we thought that someone had thrown a snowball on our lens. But is was not melting. The smear became crispier, ready to bang in the universe.
Object: NGC 5139 Omega Centauri
Stacked images: 147x10s
Total exposure time: 24min
Author: The Adventurer of the Third Planet for Vaonis
We were cruising through the Carina, heading to HD95358 star’s station for a research project, when we got lost on our way, deviated by unexpected interstellar winds. It was darkness into darkness, a space where time seemed like it has never begun. We managed to find our way back, annoting our discovery in our journal, determined to unveil the secrets of this dark nebula some day.
Object: Dark nebula near HD95358
Stacked images: 761x10s
Total exposure time: 2 hours and 7 minutes
We thought we had discovered two dusty seashells in the midst of the sky. Around them, tiny lights sparkling like cristals in the sand. Estimating their distance to be 12 million light-years away, we prepared our engine for a long road at the speed of light.
Half-way, we spot a bizarre object: an intriguing cone. A Brownish red, as though wrapped in crispy dried leaves. It seems to be burning from one end. It was not a seashell after all… We could smell its warm flavors.
Object: M81 Bode’s Galaxy (left) M82 Cigar Galaxy (right)
Stacked images: 230x10s
Total exposure time: 38 minutes
Location: Montpellier, France
Acid pink winds, electric green shades, and frosty gray haze… In the winter sky, Pierik witnessed a whirlwind of color, drawn by a majestuous large-winged celestial butterfly swirling across the stars, ready to perpetuate the stellar life cycle. There you are: the Orion nebula cradling new-born stars.
Captured with #myStellina, processed manually with astrophotography softwares.
Travel to 8000 light years under the sea. We would almost be tempted to catch the cosmic bubbles escaping from the depths of space to hear them pop in this environment where silence prevails. The NGC7635 bubble reaches more than 35,000 degrees, we step back and let ourselves simply be entertained by the ballet of bubbles and stars offered by Cassiopeia.
Object: NGC7635 Bubble nebula
Stacked images: 600x10s
Total exposure time: 1 hour and 41 minutes
Location: Paris region
Authors: Jean-Marc L. (capture), Astroguigeek (image processing)
This picture has been manually processed using the raw images of STELLINA.
Softwares used: Deep Sky Stacker (stacking), Lightroom and Photoshop.
Simple witnesses to a world in which we have everything to discover, we observe the storms growling through the cosmos. Balls of energy about to explode, beams of flaming saber clashes in the night, a real cosmic battle is taking place in the distance, creating thick clouds of gas and dust. Suddenly we see a silhouette pierce the sky at the speed of lightning. It wears a winged helmet which we have often heard about. Thor has arrived.