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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- IC 1396: Emission Nebula in Cepheus
| August 05, 2012
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Posted on 08/05/2012 10:01:09 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Stunning emission nebula IC 1396 mixes glowing cosmic gas and dark dust clouds in the high and far off constellation of Cepheus. Energized by the bright, bluish central star seen here, this star forming region sprawls across hundreds of light-years -- spanning over three degrees on the sky while nearly 3,000 light-years from planet Earth. Among the intriguing dark shapes within IC 1396, the winding Elephant's Trunk nebula lies just below center. The gorgeous color view is a composition of digitized black and white photographic plates recorded through red and blue astronomical filters. The plates were taken using the Samuel Oschin Telescope, a wide-field survey instrument at Palomar Observatory, between 1989 and 1993.
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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; cepheus; elephantstrunknebula; ic1396; palomarobservatory; samueloschin; science
posted on 08/05/2012 10:01:18 AM PDT
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posted on 08/05/2012 10:06:11 AM PDT
looks like two GhostBusters ghosts cuddling.
posted on 08/05/2012 10:51:02 AM PDT
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posted on 08/05/2012 11:22:08 AM PDT
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Thanks, SunkenCiv. ............................................... FRegards
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