North America nebula


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North America nebula

(NGC 7000) An emission nebula nearly 2° across lying in the constellation Cygnus. It is an H II region associated with the exceptionally luminous and remote A2 supergiant Deneb.
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Cygnus has other attractions to explore--including the North America Nebula and the Veil Nebula--if you have a dark sky, detailed charts, and some skill in locating objects in a telescope.
In Cygnus there is I think a somewhat under-observed planetary NGC 7026, which lies north and east of the North America nebula.
SPECTACULAR: North America Nebula in Cygnus by Mike Dickson, above.
The North America Nebula (NGC 7000) is a region of ionized hydrogen in the constellation Cygnus.
The entire Summer Triangle of Vega, Deneb, and Altair is high, with the iconic sights of those stars' constellations well-placed: M57 (the Ring Nebula) and Epsilon (e) Lyrae (the Double Double) in Lyra; and Beta (p) Cygni (the splendidly colorful double star, Albireo), the North America Nebula, and Veil Nebula in Cygnus.
For example, an image of NGC 7000, the North America Nebula, showed some star clusters within this extended nebula.
After enjoying the best and brightest sky sights, they usually begin to search for more exotic targets, such as the vast and faint North America Nebula, shown here.
Arguably its most famous (and photographed) deep-sky treasure is the notoriously difficult North America Nebula.
This time we return to Cygnus, but to bright rather than dark nebulae, and to one object in particular, the emission nebula NGC 7000, commonly known as the North America Nebula.
Cygnus also brings us a huge naked-eye emission nebula (the North America Nebula, described on page 56), which may be energized by the most luminous star within a few thousand light-years of Earth (Deneb).
For someone with a small telescope that offers a very wide field of view, one of the finest sights in Cygnus is the North America Nebula (NGC 7000).

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