Saturday, 13 June 2015

Day 3: Paw of the Cat

More trouble with binary suns.

After yesterday's adrenaline rush of almost crashing into the second sun of a binary system, it happened again.

Better prepared this time, though I know not what I could do if I ended up inside one of these behemoths.


Progress has been sure and the light years are starting to accumulate. Part the way through Day 3 and around 1/8 of the distance covered.


Moving onward to the Cat's Paw nebula. Not too far off of the main highway to Sagittarius A*, and there's some hope that it will be a place of interest.


I'm not one to take a selfie, but seeing the Cat's Paw reflected I couldn't resist.


Ever closer. The nebular soon grows to dominate the sky.


The anticipation of arrival was, however, far higher than the excitement of arriving at the nebula to survey it. Only small in size and there was little to see here. It was a cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium and other ionised gases and not yet making a contribution as a stellar nursery.

A little disappointed having made the detour especially, however there's another larger and more promising smudge of darkness ahead in the form of NBC 6357...