top of page

The Running Chicken Nebula

Star-Forming Galactic Poultry

running chicken nebula singapore astronomy astrophotography stars

Astronomers truly see the most peculiar things in the sky, and this is a case in point. Affectionately known as the Running Chicken Nebula (or if you prefer a more proper-sounding name, the Lambda Centauri Nebula), IC 2944 is an emission nebula and star forming region located in the constellation of Centaurus. Peering into the nebula, we see several Bok Globules which are little dark nebulae which are formed from coalescing cold molecular gas. Such Bok Globules contain rich star-forming material, which would likely coalesce under gravity into newborn stars.  

I have also photographed this object in narrowband tri-palette false colour to highlight the different elements within the nebula. You may find the image in the link here. The narrowband version has deeper exposures and was captured at a higher resolution. 

Imaging Details

Equipment and Exposure:

Location: Singapore (HA) and Malaysia (RGB)

Dates: May and June 2016
Scope: Takahashi FSQ85ED at f/5.3
Mount: Losmandy G11/Gemini 2
Camera: SBIG ST8300M

Exposure (minutes): HaRGB 80:35:35:40

bottom of page