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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Ghost Nebula as seen by the Mayall 4-meter telescope!

The Ghost Nebula as seen by the Mayall 4-meter telescope!
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This image was obtained with the wide-field view of the Mosaic Camera on the Mayall 4-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory. vdB 141 is a reflection nebula located in the constellation Cepheus. Sometimes referred to as the ghost nebula, its awkward name is its catalog number in Sidney van den Bergh's catalog of reflection nebulae, published in 1966. Several stars are embedded in the nebula. Their light gives it a ghoulish brown color. North is down and East is to the right.
The full resolution image weighs 3.87 MB, so please be patient when downloading!
Credit: T.A. Rector/University of Alaska Anchorage, H. Schweiker/WIYN and NOAO/AURA/NSF

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