From Rho to Zeta Ophiuchi and the Galactic Center - From the center of our Milky Way Galaxy in Sagittarius through the constellations of Scorpius and Ophiuchus, this southern field of view contains an assemblage of some of the most colorful nebulae in the sky; Rho Ophiuchi Nebula and the Dark River, reflection nebula vdB 99, Cat's Paw Nebula, Blue Horsehead Nebula, & emission nebula, Sh2-27 @rt. which occupies a swath of sky over 10 by 13 degrees. That's an area larger than 600 full Moons!
Rho Ophiuchus Nebula Complex This amazing complex of nebulosity revealed on long exposure color photographs is one of the most beautiful areas of the entire night sky. It contains dark nebulae where lanes of obscuring dust hide background stars, blue reflection nebulae where the dust is illuminated by nearby stars and red emission nebulae where the hot hydrogen gas itself is glowing.
Serpentarium Tshirt | Beyond the well-known house of snakes in the zoo, Serpentarium is also the 13th sign of the zodiac according to the new astrology. It is related to the constellation of Ophiuchus showing a man holding a snake, connected directly to the legend of Laocoon, a priest of Poseidon at Troy, which was strangled by snakes. The famous sculptural group of Laocoon is our most direct influence, expressing death and agony of ...
stellar-indulgence: Zeta Ophiuchus, a massive star plowing through the gas and dust floating in space. Zeta Oph is a bruiser, with 20 times the Sun’s mass. It’s an incredibly luminous star, blasting out light at a rate 80,000 times higher than the Sun! Even at its distance of 400 light years or so, it should be one of the brightest stars in the sky … yet it actually appears relatively dim to the eye.