Running Chicken Nebula, featuring l Centauri, IC 2944 and IC 2948

A Milky Way star field located around l Centauri and the young cluster IC 2948. It has the appearance of a "Running Chicken" with l Centauri forming the eye and nebulosity making the beak, mouth and comb. Of special interest to cosmologists are the dark dust globules which superimpose onto the emission nebula, IC 2944 (distance ~6000ly).

 

Camera: SBIG STL11000M, Astrodon filters Scope: Takahashi FS128 telescope @ f8.1, fl ~1040mm (fov ~1.8x1.4)
Mount: Intes-Micro Alter D6 Guiding: internal
Filters/Exposures: R:G:B = 4x10:4x10:4x10min2h00m Location: LMDSS Heathcote, Victoria, Australia
Date: May 2009 Processing: CCDStack2 and Photoshop CS5 (re-processed Sept 2014)