Mono Images - Barry Wilson
Sh2-101 The Tulip Nebula

Sh2-101 The Tulip Nebula

Sharpless 101 (Sh2-101) is a H II region emission nebula located in the constellation Cygnus. It is sometimes also called the Tulip Nebula because it appears to resemble the outline of a tulip when imaged photographically. It was catalogued by astronomer Stewart Sharpless in his 1959 catalog of nebulae. It lies at a distance of about 6,000 light-years (5.7×1016 km; 3.5×1016 mi) from Earth.

Sh2-101, at least in the field seen from earth, is in close proximity to microquasar Cygnus X-1, site of one of the first suspected black holes. Cygnus X-1 is the brighter of the two stars (lower star) in close vertical proximity just to the right of Sh2-101 in the image presented here. Its curved shockwave can be seen between the two bright stars and the Tulip Nebula (Wikipedia).

Narrow Band Ha composition, total integration 7 hrs, September 2015. Takahashi FSQ85 EDX at F3.9 - Avalon Linear Fast Reverse - QSI683-wsg - Astrodon 5nm NB filters.

Sh2101The Tulip Nebula