California Nebula November 11, 2012

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Wide-field image of the California Nebula (right) and the dark nebula beside it (left) taken with a Canon 450D DSLR and a 50 mm f/1.8 kit lens, ISO 1600, 12 x 20 sec exposure, on November 11, 2012 under the dark clear skies of Boso-boso, Rizal, Philippines. The low surface brightness of California Nebula makes it an extremely difficult target to observe visually, but shows up nicely in photos. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of nebulas, click here.

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© Anthony Urbano (Manila, Philippines)

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Orion in Wide-field (November 11, 2012)

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Wide-field image of the constellation Orion taken with a Canon 450D DSLR and a 50 mm f/1.8 kit lens, ISO 1600, 12 x 30 sec exposure, on November 11, 2012 under the dark clear skies of Boso-boso, Rizal, Philippines. The Barnard’s Loop, the Flame Nebula, the Orion Nebula, the Running Man Nebula, as well as the Horsehead Nebula are visible in this photo. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of constellations, click here.

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M31 Andromeda Galaxy (November 11, 2012)

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Wide-field image of the Andromeda Galaxy taken with a Canon 450D DSLR and a 50 mm f/1.8 kit lens, ISO 1600, 12 x 30 sec exposure, on November 11, 2012 under the dark clear skies of Boso-boso, Rizal, Philippines. The Andromeda Galaxy, even at a distance of 2.2 million light-years, is still visible to the naked eye and shows up well with any DSLR kit lens. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of galaxies, click here.

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Daytime Moon (Surprise Moon)

While the moon is naturally visible at daytime for approximately 10 days in each lunar cycle, most of us are not accustomed to the idea of seeing the moon during the day. Seeing it for the first time always brings a surprise to the unwary observer, thus, this phenomenon is also called by astronomers as the “surprise moon.” Image taken with a mobile phone camera on April 4, 2012 at around 3 pm looking east. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of the moon, click here.