SNAKE NEBULA

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Clouds of dust and gas

Deep space brings beautiful objects to observe. Dark nebulae are clouds of dust and gas. Time will bring them to become the birthplaces of new stars. The gravity of this nebula constantly shrinks and they become denser. In time, they will become young stars. What we know about dark nebulae is the strong absorption of light coming from other surrounding stars, but also the stars behind the dark nebula. The combination of fine dust particles coated with ice from the surrounding gases allows dark nebulae to absorb extremely high light. This is Snake nebula.

Sanke nebula

You see Barnard 72 or the Snake Nebula in the picture. It is one of several dark nebulae that you can easily find in the constellation Ophiuchus. You need a minimum 6-inch telescope, and then you can see it nicely. Recognized as the dusty S-shaped strip – in the Northern Hemisphere it is best visible during summer nights. The Barnard 72 is estimated to be about 5 light-years long, and about 650 light-years away from the solar system. Edward Barnard first introduced the Snake Nebula into the catalog in 1919 – and this dark nebula was named after him Barnard 72. The object is not difficult to find. An exciting area in the sky.

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