« back to overview Cluster Load higher resolution (1800 x 1200 Pixel    3500 x 2300 Pixel)
Object description
Messier 24 and the large molecular cloud Lynds 291 in the constellation Sagittarius

Object description:

In our wide-field image, the gigantic, dark molecular cloud Lynds 291 with the subregions LDN 314 and 315 dominates in the center of the image. In the middle of the molecular cloud are the emission nebulae IC 1283 and IC 1284, as well as the small blue reflection nebulae NGC 6589 and NGC 6595. This region was often erroneously named NGC 6590 in the past. Of this central region we also show here a higher resolution image, taken with longer focal length and detailed image description.

To the north (at the top of our image) lies Messier 24 along with the two prominent dark nebulae Barnard 92 and Barnard 93.

Messier 24 is a visible region of the Sagittarus spiral arm in view of the central regions of the Milky Way that is not obscured by dark clouds of gas and dust. The light absorption of gas and dust in the denser regions of LDN 291 is between 30 and 40 magnitudes. The distance of M 24 to the solar system is only vaguely known and depends on which narrow region is studied. The indications are between 10 000 and 15 000 light years.

B 92 and B 93 were discovered photographically by Edward Barnard in 1915. Barnard 92 has the popular name "black hole".

From the central region we also have a higher resolution image that we show here.

« Click here or the thumbnail to load a large annoted image and a size comparison to the full moon.

Sun Moon Solar System DeepSky Widefield Miscellaneous Spec. Projects
All Images and all Content are © by Franz Hofmann + Wolfgang Paech