ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ROYAL ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
S Monocerotis star. S Monocerotis (15 Monocerotis). North is at top. The star is at centre, with a small part of the NGC 2264 nebula visible below and right of the star. S Monocerotis is around 1000 light years away, in the constellation of Monoceros. This 3-hour exposure was obtained on 13 February 1895, from the observatory in Crowborough, Sussex, UK. This observatory was built and operated by British amateur astronomer Isaac Roberts (1829-1904), one of the pioneers of the new techniques of astrophotography.
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