“Unidentified” Flying Nebula

Last night I went out with my 15×70’s to do some observing and hopefully catch some Northern Lights.  While there were no lights, it was moonless so I did get some pretty quality observing in, specifically in the northern sky in hopes that I would catch an aurora.  While I was focusing on Cassiopeia and Andromeda I noticed a small little gray smudge about one fist length southwest of Cassiopeia.  I didn’t have my chart with me so I couldn’t readily identify it without pulling out my phone and blasting my eyes with the light.  So I used my Pocket Universe app to try to identify it.  My best guess is that I was looking at NGC 7662, the Blue Snowball Nebula.  I’m not into astrophotography yet so I couldn’t snap a picture of it, but the best I can describe it would be a gray, slightly oblong blur to the southwest of the middle section of Cassiopeia.  Please let me know if I got it right or wrong.  I’m most likely buying an Orion Dobsonian very soon so that should shed some light onto this “mystery”.  Peace out!

NGC 7662 the "blue snowball" nebula

About Tim

My name is Tim Phelan. I am a nerd, amateur astronomer, sports nut, and follower of Jesus. I live in Baltimore, MD where the skies are oh so polluted with light. This is Ravens Country, Birdland, and the City that Reads, or whatever. Follow me on acrosstheuniverseinnotime.com and tphelan.wordpress.com

Posted on January 25, 2012, in Night Sky and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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