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Ghost Nebula

Sometimes referred to as the ghost nebula, vdB 141 is a reflection nebula located in the constellation Cepheus. This image was obtained with the wide-field view of the Mosaic Camera on the Mayall 4-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory. Several stars are embedded in the nebula. Their light gives it a ghoulish brown color.

Higher Resolution Images can be downloaded from here.

Image Credit: Travis Rector/University of Alaska, Anchorage, Heidi Schweiker/WIYN and NOAO/AURA/NSF

Science Contacts
Travis Rector
Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Alaska Anchorage
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508 USA
Phone: (907) 786-1242
Email: aftar@uaa.alaska.edu

Heidi Schweiker
WIYN and NOAO/AURA/NSF
950 N Cherry Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85719 USA
Phone: (520) 318-8140
Email: heidis@noao.edu

Ghost Nebula from Kitt Peak National Observatory

Having just celebrated 50 years in southern Arizona, Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) recently got the good news that the skies over Kitt Peak are still dark enough to keep the observatory at the cutting edge of astronomical research. This week, to help celebrate Halloween, Travis Rector and Heidi Schweiker released this ghostly image from the cosmos.

Sometimes referred to as the Ghost Nebula, vdB 141 is a reflection nebula located in the constellation Cepheus. Several stars are embedded in the nebula. Their light gives it a ghoulish brown color.

This image could only easily be taken with a telescope equipped with a wide-field camera, like the Mosaic Camera on the Mayall 4-meter telescope on Kitt Peak. KPNO remains an active and vital observatory in the U.S. System thanks to our valuable resources of clear, dry, dark skies and telescopes with special instrumentation.

The birthplace of our national observatories began at Kitt Peak with the landmark concept of a national observatory open to all astronomers based on the merit of their scientific proposals. During its first 50 years, Kitt Peak National Observatory helped change our understanding of the universe, advanced telescope and instrument operations and design, and contributed to the training of a large fraction of the astronomy community.

See the NOAO Press Release Kitt Peak Night Sky is Still Dark.
See additional new NOAO images here.

About Kitt Peak and NOAO

Featuring the world's largest collection of optical telescopes, Kitt Peak National Observatory is located 56 miles southwest of Tucson, in the Schuk Toak District on the Tohono O'odham Nation. Kitt Peak National Observatory, part of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, was founded in 1958. The Kitt Peak National Observatory Visitor Center is open to the public daily from 9am to 4pm, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. The Kitt Peak Visitor Center is a non-profit educational organization. The visitor center uses earned income and donations to support its operation. There is no fee for admission to the visitor center; three daily docent-led tours of the major telescopes are offered for a fee. Members of the public should call 520-318-8726 or visit the Kitt Peak Public Programs webpage for information about programs and visiting Kitt Peak.

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy under a cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation.

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