Galaxy Zoo Talk

Is this a galaxy?

  • Sara_Winroth by Sara_Winroth

    I think this is something between a nebula and a galaxy. My dad thinks its a nebula with a galaxy behind it. I would like someone with a little more experience to look at this.


  • Capella05 by Capella05 moderator

    Hi and Welcome @Sara (and dad) 😃

    This is a foreground star from our own galaxy- sometimes when the telescope does an observation run, the conditions aren't good (high wind, light etc...) or there could be a problem with the telescope itself (filters misaligned, too hot etc...)

    When this happens we get strange and colourful artifacts like this one.

    Here is a zoomed out image of the same star - you can see which frames were corrupted!

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    Hope this helps and we love questions 😃