Tarazed and Barnard's E

August 03, 2016

Tarazed_AN (1)

Photographer: Greg Parker
Summary Author: Greg Parker; Jim Foster
Featured above is an image of Tarazed and Barnard's E in the constellation of Aquila. Tarazed is the bright star at left and Barnard's E is the dark nebula at center, seemingly tracing out a capital E. Tarazed can be seen with the naked-eye immediately above the first order magnitude star, Altair, the southernmost point of the summer triangle, a conspicuous mid-summer asterism. In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer triangle rides high overhead once the sky is completely dark. Note that a telescope is needed to see the details of Barnard's E, a superb example of a dark nebula.
Photo Details: Sky 90/M26C image (mini-WASP array); 15 x 15-minute sub-exposures giving a total exposure time for this single frame of 3 hours and 45 minutes.