sexta-feira, 28 de outubro de 2016

Astronomy picture of the day - 2016 October 28 - Haunting the Cepheus Flare

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Haunting the Cepheus Flare 
Image Credit & Copyright: Thomas Lelu
Explanation: Spooky shapes seem to haunt this jeweled 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 along the plane of the Milky Way at the edge of the Cepheus Flare molecular cloud complex some 1,200 light-years away. Over 2 light-years across and brighter than the other ghostly apparitions, vdB 141 or Sh2-136 is also known as the Ghost Nebula, seen at the right of the starry field of view. Within the nebula are the telltale signs of dense cores collapsing in the early stages of star formation.

Tomorrow's picture: Dracula's Castle