Two Views of the Spider

NGC 2070 wide field

The Tarantula Nebula, NGC 2070 wide field view
By Eiji Kato

NGC 2070, The Tarantula Nebula 

Eiji Kato has captured these two marvelous views of the NGC 2070, the Tarantula Nebula in the  southern hemispheric constellation of Dorado, the Dolphin fish, Xiphias, or the Swordfish. This immense region contains stars forming in their nascent cacoons of gas and dust. Previous stellar death  is rampant here as well, remnants of their past existence, shells of excited gas, glow amidst strong interstellar winds. Mr Kato’s beautiful sketches show two perspectives, one a wider field view and the other near center. Most of Mr Kato’s exceptional drawings were made using an 18.5″, f/4 reflector. Some later drawings were made with a 18.1″, f/4.5 reflector.

NGC 2070 near center

The Tarantula Nebula, NGC 2070 near center view
By Eiji Kato

Eiji Kato lives in Australia and operates the TwinStar Guesthouse Observatory.
Please make a visit to his gallery of fine drawings.


2 thoughts on “Two Views of the Spider”

  1. Mr. Kato,

    Magnificent, powerful sketching of the Tarantula nebula. Thank you for posting them for all to see.

    Frank

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