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Eastern Maine ...

The Last Dark Sky Region of the Eastern American Seaboard

A Legacy Being Honored by Astronomers and Photographers

The following photographs were all taken from locations within eastern Maine. The photographers enjoy sharing their photos in the interest of inspiring a veneration for eastern Maine's ultra-dark sky and a greater interest in learning about the endlessly fascinating subject of astronomy. The accompanying text descriptions were borrowed from Wikipedia and edited. Information about the equipment the photographers used is available ... Here. Each photo is linked to a higher resolution photo.

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m16 The Eagle Nebula by Tim Cushman

The Eagle Nebula (catalogued as Messier 16 or NGC 6611), is also known as the Star Queen Nebula. It is a young open cluster of stars in the constellation Serpens, discovered in 1745–46. The names refer to the dark silhouette near the center of the nebula, an area made famous as the "Pillars of Creation" imaged by the Hubble Space Telescope.
m101 M101, the Pinwheel Galaxy by Tim Cushman

The Pinwheel Galaxy (also known as Messier 101 or NGC 5457) is a face-on spiral galaxy 21 million light-years (6.4 megaparsecs) away from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major. It was discovered by Pierre Méchain in 1781 and was added to the Messier Catalogue as one of its final entries.
m13 M13, the Great Globular Cluster by Tim Cushman

Messier 13, also designated NGC 6205 and sometimes called the Great Globular Cluster in Hercules or the Hercules Globular Cluster, is a globular cluster of several hundred thousand stars in the constellation of Hercules. Messier 13 is prominent in traditional binoculars as a round patch of light.
m31 M31, the Andromeda Galaxy by Tim Cushman

The Andromeda Galaxy, also known as Messier 31, or NGC 224, is a barred spiral galaxy with the diameter of about 46.56 kiloparsecs (152,000 light-years) approximately 765 kpc (2.5 million light-years) from Earth and the nearest large galaxy to the Milky Way.
veil Veil Nebula by Tim Cushman

The Veil Nebula is a cloud of heated and ionized gas and dust in the constellation Cygnus. It constitutes the visible portions of the Cygnus Loop, a supernova remnant, many portions of which have acquired their own individual names and catalogue identifiers.
m51 M51, the Whirlpool Galaxy, by Tim Cushman

The Whirlpool Galaxy, also known as Messier 51 or NGC 5194, is an interacting grand-design spiral galaxy. It lies in the constellation Canes Venatici, and was the first galaxy to be classified as a spiral galaxy. It is about 31 million light-years (9.5 Mpc) away from Earth and 76,900 ly (23,580 pc) in diameter.
mm10951 M109, a Barred Spiral Galaxy, by Tim Cushman

Messier 109 (also known as NGC 3992) is a barred spiral galaxy exhibiting a weak inner ring structure around the central bar approximately 67.2 ± 23 million light-years away in the northern constellation Ursa Major. It is the most distant object in the Messier Catalog. It has three satellite galaxies and possibly more.

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