Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- A Spectrum of Nova Delphini
Posted on 08/24/2013 4:09:03 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: When a new star appeared in the constellation Delphinus late last week, astronomers found its spectrum hinted at the apparition's true nature. Now known as Nova Delphini 2013, its visible light spectrum near maximum brightness is centered in this image of the nearby star field captured with prism and telescope on the night of August 16/17 at the Sternwarte Bülach, Switzerland. Strong absorption lines due to hydrogen atoms are seen as the darkest bands in the nova's spectrum, but the strong absorption lines are bordered along their redward edge by bright bands of emission. That pattern is the spectral signature of material blasted from a type of catalysmic binary system known as a classical nova. Other stars in field are fainter, identified by their Hipparcus catalog numbers, brightness in magnitudes, and spectral types. By chance, the faint emission line from planetary nebula NGC 6905 was also included, indicated at the lower right.
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[Credit & Copyright: Jürg Alean]
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What’s the best spectrum to look for Waldo in? I guess I needed to take more science classes because I was hoping for another stunning picture...Keep the posts flowing - I have a a nice collection of backgrounds going.