The Helix nebula is the largest and probably the closest planetary nebula to our solar system. The "shell" is an emission nebula created by the central star, which is at the end of it's life cycle. The central star expanded and then ejected hydrogen, nitrogen (red & orange) and oxygen (blue/green) before collapsing into a hot white dwarf star. This image is 184 minutes of exposure through a 60mm telescope using clear, red, green and blue filters.
Charlie is editor of Amateur Astronomy Magazine. With a long time interest in both astronomy and photography, Charlie applies both to his photographic art. He has been gathering distant photons from space for over 15 years and photographing landscapes for over 30. Recently he has been combining both disciplines for a unique perspective that represents the beauty of our earth and it's place in our universe.
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