Seagull Nebula IC 2177
The Seagull Nebula is a huge emission nebula in Canis Major, spanning up to 3 degrees of sky, or six times
the size of the full moon.  This image only captures the center half of the nebula, clipping off the wings of the
seagull.  The bright head of the nebula, at the upper left, contains a small amount of blue reflection nebulosity
around a magnitude 7.4 star star, and a dark lane of dust.  The seagull soars at a distance of 3750 light-years.

This image combined 60 minutes of red, 35 minutes green and 40 minutes of blue exposures, all unbinned.  An
ST2000XM camera was used through an Astro-Physics 4" Refractor at f/5.
Music:  Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd

'Cause I'm as free as a bird now,
And this bird you cannot change
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