NGC 1579 is a diffuse nebula located in the constellation of Perseus. It is known as the Northern Trifid because of its visual similarity to the Trifid Nebula, in the southern sky. It is around 8 lightyears across and 2100 lightyears distant.
This dusty nebula is lit by an embedded, extremely young, massive star named LkHa 101, which is several times more massive the Sun and a strong emitter of the characteristic red hydrogen alpha light. This star lies within a small young cluster, together with dozens of other newly-formed stars.
This LRGB image is the result of 1h of data capture, remotely imaged from Spain in February 2021, with an SBIG STL-6303 camera through a 12.5-inch Planewave CDK reflector.
Photographer: Graham Wilcock