wide field astrophotography
The North America Nebula (NGC 7000, Caldwell 20) is a hydrogen emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus.  It is about 2,200 light years away from our sun and measures roughly 100 light years across. (That’s about 13 quadrillion miles away and 590 trillion miles in diameter.) NGC 7000 gets its common name from its resemblance to the outline of the continent of North America.
NGC 7000 North America Nebula © Irwin Seidman

 Nikon D750 | WO Zenithstar 61ii  360mm  | 56 min exposure | 2021-07-30

The bright smaller nebula just to the right of NGC 7000 is the Pelican Nebula (IC 5070) and falling out of the frame in the lower right corner is IC 5068. Also seen in the image are the stars Cygnus 56, 57, 60 and 62 as well as open star clusters NGC 7039, NGC 6997,  NGC 6996 and NGC 6989.
NGC 7000 North America Nebula © Irwin Seidman

Astrometric annotations detail the nebulae, stars and clusters in the region.  Additionally, an outline of North America is overlaid accentuating the shape of NGC 7000.

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