NGC 6946, also known as the “Fireworks Galaxy”, is an intermediate spiral galaxy about 10 million light-years away, on the border between the constellations Cepheus and Cygnus. It was discovered by William Herschel on September 9, 1798.

NGC 6946 is highly obscured by interstellar matter of the Milky Way galaxy, as it is quite close to the galactic plane. Nine supernovae (SN 1917A, SN 1939C, SN 1948B, SN 1968D, SN 1969P, SN 1980K, SN 2002hh, SN 2004et, and SN 2008S) have been observed in NGC 6946.


Imaged by: Andrew Wilson
Method: LX200 8″, MX916 CCD, 30 x 60 seconds
Special Features: SN2004et marked