“Eye of Heaven”… A picture from the Kuwaiti desert caught the eye of everyone who saw it

Amman Today

publish date 1970-01-01 03:00:00

The vast space is filled with many masterpieces that inspire photographers from around the world to take pictures that amaze everyone who sees them. Indeed, Kuwaiti astronomer Abdullah Al-Harbi was able to capture a stunning image of a nebula surrounding a star of “Wolf-Rayet” stars, in the Salmi desert in Kuwait..

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According to the site “CNNAl-Harbi seeks to shed light on the field of astrophotography, spread astronomical awareness in Kuwaiti society, and encourage individuals to go through his experience, to make the State of Kuwait a beacon for astrophotography enthusiasts.

Al-Harbi refers to the prevailing belief that the phenomenon of light pollution in cities is a deterrent to astronomy and astrophotography amateurs, and prevents viewing and photographing relatively faint objects, such as the “Wolf-Rayet” nebulae and other celestial bodies, stressing that it is a misconception..

A view of the star cluster known as the Pleiades
A view of the star cluster known as the Pleiades

Alharbi's imaging of the Giant Squid Nebula
Alharbi’s imaging of the Giant Squid Nebula

It was not easy to take such a picture, as Harbi was able to come up with this result after about 10 days of filming, and he explains: “The filming took 10 days, during which I photographed about 20 hours as a data set, and I chose the best and clearest 8 hours from it.”

And the view of this gas bubble, formed by stellar winds that stirred gas ejected from the atmosphere surrounding a star “WR134”Al-Harbi recalls it saying that it was “very dim with features that are almost hidden, which is a challenge posed by photographing in light-polluted areas.”

The Kuwaiti photographer sees this astronomical scene as an eye in its details

Despite this, Al-Harbi points out that some gas clusters in the nebula were surprisingly visible, specifically the remnants of the supernova, which was dazzlingly clear in the range of hydrogen gas..

The Kuwaiti photographer sees this astronomical scene as an eye with its details, from the pupil to the eyebrow, as if it is staring at us from the sky, so he called it “the eye of the sky.”

Wolf-Rayet stars are extremely rare

In addition to their beautiful and strange shapes, the “Wolf-Rayet” stars are extremely rare. They were named after the French astronomers Charles Wolfe and Georges Wright, who discovered them at the Paris Observatory in 1867. The world knows only 500 of this type in the Milky Way, in addition to a few hundred. in the surrounding galaxies “Earthsky”.

Al-Harbi pointed out that in order to document such snapshots of nebulae, he uses equipment dedicated to astrophotography, such as an astronomical camera and an equatorial tracker that reverses the movement of the Earth’s rotation to allow photographing nebulae for long hours without star withdrawal.


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