Waid Observatory

Object: NGC 1857
Date: Nov. 22, 2015      Location: Denton, TX
Telescope: ATRC12    -    Mount: MI-250  -   Camera: ST-10XME
Exposure: L = 60 min. Bin 1X1, R&G = 30 min. each, B = 25 min. RG&B Bin 2X2
Guided using Innovations Foresight On Axis Guider (ONAG)
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NGC 1857

NGC 1857 - Open Cluster in Auriga

Discovered by William Herschel in 1780

NGC 1857 is an open cluster of stars located in the constellation of Auriga.  The large yellow-orange star in the center of the image is classified as a K5III yellow giant star.  This type of star has exhausted its supply of hydrogen fuel in its core and has started fusing helium.  Additional energy is be produced by fusing hydrogen in a shell surrounding the core.  K5III giant stars have moved off the main sequence line of the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram and entered an unstable line in its progression to a probable super-nova death.

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