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Bubble Nebula glows deep red in stunning photograph taken from a back garden

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The bubble nebula can be seen glowing red in this photo taken from the backyard of an amateur astronomer in Northern Ireland.

The bubble nebula glows deep red in a stunning photo taken 9,200 light-years away by an amateur astronomer in his backyard.

  • Ralph Smyth took picture of star and surrounding gases in Northern Ireland
  • The nebula is centered around a star that weighs 44 times more than the sun.
  • Hydrogen gas glows red in dazzling photography and revolves around the star

An amateur astronomer has captured an impressive photo of the Bubble Nebula in his own backyard.

Ralph Smyth from County Antrim, Northern Ireland, photographed the astronomical wonder in a six-hour exposure through his telescope.

It took two nights to capture the stunning image of the nebula, which is 9,200 light years away from Earth.

A coloration of the clouds in the image shows in deep red the distinction between ejected gas jets from the nebula's star and the surrounding hydrogen gas.

The bubble nebula can be seen glowing red in this photo taken from the backyard of an amateur astronomer in Northern Ireland.

Smyth, a retired chemist, said: 'Red gas is hydrogen and star energy is causing the bubble to grow steadily.

“But as space is also constantly growing, it can sometimes be tricky to understand its size.

"The Bubble Nebula is about (9,200) light-years away from Earth, but it is still in our Milky Way galaxy, so in the grand scheme of things, it's still close compared to the vastness of space." .

Smyth, 56, two shooting sessions took the same number of days to produce the image.

The Bubble Nebula, also known as NGC 7635, is a cloud of dust and gas surrounding a star between 7,100 and 11,000 light years from Earth.

It is about 10 light years across, according to NASA, and the star in its center is about 44 times heavier than our sun.

It is named after the bubble-shaped cloud of gas that shines from the radiation from the star.

Speaking of the difficulties of taking such a spectacular photo, Mr. Smyth added: 'Considering the weather here in Northern Ireland, I don't think it's that bad.

Ralph Smyth fell in love with space as a child and now has the tools and time to follow his passion, he said.

Ralph Smyth fell in love with space as a child and now has the tools and time to follow his passion, he said.

The Bubble Nebula is between 7,100 and 11,000 light years from Earth

The Bubble Nebula is between 7,100 and 11,000 light years from Earth

Smyth took the photograph through the telescope over two days and six hours on camera.

Smyth took the photograph through the telescope over two days and six hours on camera.

WHAT IS BUBBLE NEBULA?

The Bubble Nebula, also known as NGC 7635, is a cloud of dust and gas surrounding a star between 7,100 and 11,000 light years from Earth.

It is about 10 light years across, according to NASA, and the star in the center is about 44 times heavier than our sun.

It is named after the bubble-shaped cloud of gas that shines from the radiation from the star.

& # 39; Winter is the best time, because the nights are darker longer, but you have problems with the weather.

"The other night, I had to talk to my neighbor because he left the security light on and illuminated me like a Christmas tree whenever I moved, which was pretty funny. But when I told him he apologized.

Smyth is so in love with the cosmos that he recently completed a master's degree in aerospace engineering.

And his love of astronomy developed about 40 years ago when he was still young.

"When I was young, I became obsessed with the show" The Sky at Night "with Patrick Moore," he said.

“Then I tortured my mother and father for a telescope, and at that time telescopes were expensive, rare and difficult to obtain.

“But, bless them. One Christmas when I was about 12 years old, I took my first telescope and was on the moon.

“As I grew older, the stars were placed in the background by life's commitments; Then, on my 40th birthday, I got a new telescope, which triggered everything again.

"I think over time and with the advent of electronics and technology, stars and space have become more available to many more people."

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