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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Stunning view of Lynds' Dark Nebula 1622 by the CFHT

Stunning view of Lynds' Dark Nebula 1622 by the CFHT
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The silhouette of an intriguing dark nebula inhabits this cosmic scene. Lynds' Dark Nebula (LDN) 1622 appears against a colorful background of glowing hydrogen gas only easily seen in long telescopic exposures of the region. LDN 1622 lies near the plane of our Milky Way Galaxy, close on the sky to Barnard's Loop - a large cloud surrounding the rich complex of emission nebulae found in the Belt and Sword of Orion. But the obscuring dust of LDN 1622 is thought to be much closer than Orion's more famous nebulae, perhaps only 500 light-years away.
Credit: Jean-Charles Cuillandre, CFHT - http://www.cfht.hawaii.edu/HawaiianStarlight/ and Giovanni Anselmi, Coelum Astronomia - http://www.coelum.com/

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