LBN 126 – Molecular Cloud in the constellation Aquila (Eagle)

The small molecular cloud LBN 126 is located northeast of the bright star γ Aquilae, in the midst of thousands of stars of our Milky Way. The darker parts of the nebula were already cataloged by Edward Emerson Barnard as B 340. On his original photographic plates the whole nebular region is only visible as a small dark spot. The faint reflected light from the nebula could not be detected more than 100 years ago. In the northern part of the cloud some stars, still hidden behind dense dust, illuminate their surroundings and form the brighter nebular patch GN 19.46.4.

LBN 126
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Date: 03.08.2021
Optics: C11 with Hyperstar
Aperture: 280 mm
Focal Length: 560 mm
Camera: Alccd12
Exposure: 55 x 180 s
Location: Chamaeleon Observatory, Onjala Lodge, Namibia
Processing: Nebulosity, Registar, Regim, Photoshop
Diameter:6 light years
Distance:700 light years (distance to the Aquila Rift)
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