IC5070 - Pelican Nebula
 
Date:
 
June 3-6, 2016
 
Location:
 
Landers, California USA
 
Telescope:
 
Explore Scientific ED127 Apo
 
Camera:
 
SBIG STF-8300M
 
Mount:
 
Astro-Physics Mach1GTO
 
Acquisition:
 
Maxim DL Pro 6
 
Filters:
 
Astrodon 5nm Ha
 
Total Integration:
 
5 hours
 
Subexposures:
 
Ha: 15 x 1200s (1x1)
 
Calibration:
 
Darks: 30ea
Bias: 30ea
Flats: 30ea
 
The Pelican Nebula (also known as IC 5070 and IC 5067) is an H II region associated with the North America Nebula in the constellation Cygnus. The gaseous contortions of this emission nebula bear a resemblance to a pelican, giving rise to its name.

The Pelican Nebula is located nearby first magnitude star Deneb, and is divided from its more prominent neighbour, the North America Nebula, by a molecular cloud filled with dark dust.

The Pelican is much studied because it has a particularly active mix of star formation and evolving gas clouds. The light from young energetic stars is slowly transforming cold gas to hot and causing an ionization front gradually to advance outward. Particularly dense filaments of cold gas are seen to still remain, and among these are found two jets emitted from the Herbig–Haro object 555.

Millions of years from now this nebula might no longer be known as the Pelican, as the balance and placement of stars and gas will leave something that appears completely different.