Reflection in Emission: NGC6914

NGC6914 is a dramatic study in contrasts. The central reflection nebula is illuminated by new hot stars and this is surrounded by the red glow of excited hydrogen gas. This scene is located 6,000 light years away in the constellation Cygnus.

Artist notes:

This is my first 9 panel mosaic where I have blended in data from my Hydrogen alpha filter. The richly textured reds in this image come from the emission of ionized hydrogen gas that has been blasted with radiation by nearby stars. Adding data from Hydrogen allowed me to capture this drama while staying true to the colors. 

Technical details:

Photons captured in Simpson, North Carolina, in the Spring and Summer of 2016 and again in 2017. Exposures for this 9 panel mosaic were collected over a total of 72.0 hours.