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Monday, September 26, 2011

NGC 2264 - The Cone Nebula and the Christmas Tree Cluster

NGC 2264 - The Cone Nebula and the Christmas Tree Cluster
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This colour image of the region known as NGC 2264 - an area of sky that includes the sparkling blue baubles of the Christmas Tree star cluster and the Cone Nebula - was created from data taken through four different filters (B, V, R and H-alpha) with the Wide Field Imager at ESO's La Silla Observatory, 2400 m high in the Atacama Desert of Chile in the foothills of the Andes. The image shows a region of space about 30 light-years across.
The full resolution image weighs 3.9 MB, so please be patient when downloading!
Credit: ESO

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