Pelican Nebula G3

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Nebulae

Pelican Nebula G3

This is a portion of the Pelican Nebula, in the constellation of Cygnus, the Swan. The “mountains” in this image are formed by an area of denser gas and dust that is slowly being eroded away by the ultraviolet radiation from nearby young, hot stars, forming what is known as an ionization front. By using special filters to isolate the light from individual chemical elements, and assigning these elements to different colors, subtle variations in the energy levels within the cloud can be brought into stark detail. Light from oxygen atoms is shown as orange, and represents the highest energy.¬†Green represents...

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Horsehead Nebula G3

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Nebulae

Horsehead Nebula G3

The Horsehead Nebula (also known as Barnard 33) is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion. The nebula is located just to the south of the star Alnitak, which is farthest east on Orion’s Belt, and is part of the much larger Orion Molecular Cloud...

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