By Jonathan Powles
I was totally blown away by what I was seeing: bright and faint emission nebulosity; bright blue and also some yellow reflection nebulosity, wonderfully intricate dark dust lanes … this little patch of sky has it all.
Anyway, my question is this: does it have a name? A nickname?
It seems extraordinary that little blue and grey smudges get grand labels like “Ghost of Jupiter” and “Black Eye Galaxy” (another one I imaged last night), but that this visual and astrophysical wonderland just gets an NGC number.