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NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day (October 31, 2011)

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  • mahtezcatpoc
    http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap111031.html Spooky shapes seem to haunt this starry expanse, drifting through the night in the royal constellation Cepheus. Of
    Message 1 of 379 , Nov 4, 2011
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      "Spooky shapes seem to haunt this starry expanse, drifting through the night in the royal constellation Cepheus. Of course, the shapes are cosmic dust clouds faintly visible in dimly reflected starlight. Far from your own neighborhood on planet Earth, they lurk at the edge of the Cepheus Flare molecular cloud complex some 1,200 light-years away. Over 2 light-years across the ghostly nebula and relatively isolated Bok globule, also known as vdB 141 or Sh2-136 [Sharpless 2-136], is near the center of the field. The core of the dark cloud on the right is collapsing and is likely a binary star system in the early stages of formation. Even so, if the spooky shapes could talk, they might well wish you a happy Halloween."


      Mark A. Holmes
    • mahtezcatpoc
      http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap111126.html IC 5067, the Pelican Nebula in Cygnus. Mark A. Holmes
      Message 379 of 379 , Dec 1, 2011
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        IC 5067, the Pelican Nebula in Cygnus.


        Mark A. Holmes
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