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I’ve taken wide images of this area in the past as it’s part of a vast cloud complex in Cygnus covering a huge area of the sky. It sits side by side with the North America Nebula. The good thing about having access to big scopes is the ability to get in close and explore some really interesting objects. The highlight of the Pelican Nebula is the Herbig-Haro Jets shooting out from the end of one of the pillars.

These jets are being ejected from a hidden protostar forming from the compressing gas within the top of the pillar. They are polar jets that form from interactions between the stars magnetic field and the accretion disc of material being pulled in to form the star, very similar to the same effect seen with supermassive black holes.

As they are relatively small in cosmic terms, their movement can be measured over a short space of time. One of these jets was captured by Hubble in this stunning animation of Herbig-Haro object HH47

Camera: SBIG STL-6303 (-20°C)
Scope: Planewave 12.5″ CDK F7.9
Mount: Paramount PME
Guiding: ACP
Capture Software: ACP, Maxim DL
Processing Software: Deep Sky Stacker, PixInsight
Exposures: 9 x 5 mins (Hα) 45 mins total
Calibration: Automated

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