Ed Bianchina's Astronomy




The moon is like our room mate.  At just over 240,000 miles it is so close we could go there....again.  For reference it is only 1.29 light seconds away.



Planets are like our brothers and sisters.  We have given them names and treated like they are alive. 

Venus is the closest at 127 light seconds while Neptune is the farthest at 4.1 light hours

Planetary Nebula

 Planetary Nebula is a look into the future of our sun.  Simply put they are stars about the sun's size that have reached the end of their fuel supplies. You have to be "quick" to see these as they only last about 10,000 years before they fade away.

They are scattered about the Milky Way and are fairly rare at about one in 66,000.


  Nebula are clouds of dust and gas that are everywhere we look.  Astronomers like to give them names based on what they look like.  Sometime accurate some times not.

Nebula are as close as tens of light years to thousands of light years. 

Globular Cluster

Globular clusters are some of the oldest stars in our own galaxy.  No one is really sure how they form or where they came from.  They contain hundreds of thousands or millions of stars.

 They are as close a 10,000 light years but can be 100,000 light years distant!



Galaxies are often called Island Universes.  They contain billions of stars and probably countless planets. Look and see the grand daddies of the universe.


Hydrogen Alpha



Hydrogen Alpha images are taken captured at a specific wavelenght that is emitted by ionized hydrogen.  Since it is a single color the pictures are shown in black and white.

Hall of Fame



This is the place I keep all the my images (at least in my opinion).