NGC 6820 (Sh2-86) in Vulpecula

May 29, 2023

Nebula NGC 6820 (Sh2-86) in the constellation Vulpecula, surrounding the open star cluster NGC 6823. 48 x 300-second subs in 3nm Hydrogen-alpha. The intense radiation from that central cluster of stars is hollowing out the nebula, pushing the gas and dust in all directions, creating pillars of trailing material where energetic star light meets dense pockets of gas, or faster cooling heavy elements with higher inertia. Everything in that rough circular area in the bottom right is accelerating away from those bright and very hot stars in the center. I believe the dark nebulae across the middle and top are part of Dobashi 2045? (I really want to know the story with that weird faintly-backlit tail of interstellar dust at the lower left. Definitely something cool going on there).

Interesting info on the formation of pillars and "elephant trunks" in nebulae:
Jonathan Mackey, Andrew J. Lim, Dynamical models for the formation of elephant trunks in H II regions, Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, Volume 403, Issue 2, April 2010, Pages 714–730,

Went back last night and captured 48 subs of OIII: