IC 2944, also known as the Lambda Centauri Nebula, is a stunning region of space located in the southern constellation of Centaurus. The region is famous for its striking appearance, earning the nickname “Running Chicken Nebula” due to the distinctive shape of its larger structure.In this image, small, dark molecular clouds called Thackeray’s Globules can be seen towards the centre.

These “eggs” are rich in cosmic dust and have the potential to form new stars through gravitational condensation, but they are also being rapidly eroded by the intense radiation from nearby young stars, leaving their fate uncertain. The region also contains patchy glowing gas and complex areas of reflecting dust, all illuminated by the massive and energetic stars that form the open cluster Collinder 249.This stunning object spans about 60 light-years and is estimated to be located at a distance of 6,500 light-years from Earth.

Dates: 1,2 and 3 Mar 2023


Antlia 3nm Narrowband H-alpha 1.25″: 40×600″(6h 40′)

Antlia 3nm Narrowband Oxygen III 1.25″: 42×600″(7h)

Antlia 3nm Narrowband Sulfur II 1.25″: 34×600″(5h 40′)

Antlia Blue Pro: 30×45″(22′ 30″)

Antlia Green Pro: 30×45″(22′ 30″)

Antlia Red Pro: 30×45″(22′ 30″)

Integration: 20h 27′ 30″

RA center: 11h38m04s.25

DEC center: -63°1236.8

Pixel scale: 1.047 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 80.210 degrees

Field radius: 0.801 degrees

Resolution: 4449×3241

Locations: Bentleigh, Victoria, Australia

Narrowband Emissions Lines

Sii – Sulphur

Ha – Hydrogen Alpha

Oiii – Oxygene

SHO Combination |Sii = Red Ha = Green Oiii = Blue|

Sky Plot