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"We are all connected to each other biologically, to the earth chemically and to the rest of the universe atomically. That’s kinda cool! That makes me smile and I actually feel quite large at the end of that. It’s not that we are better than the universe, we are part of the universe. We are in the universe and the universe is in us.”
― Neil deGrasse Tyson

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 4/23/14 - The Neighborhood of the Cone Nebula

Here, we take a good look at the space in the general vicinity of the Cone nebula, which is a star forming region located more than 2,500 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Monoceros (it also looks like a massive space beast, doesn’t it?).

First and foremost, we have the cone nebula itself, a giant pillar of stellar material, which can be seen peeking into the frame from the outermost edge of the left side of the image. This celestial beast has a diameter of a staggering 7 light-years (which is more than 7 times larger than our solar system overall). Next, we have S Mon (located in the blue portion of the image): the most noticeably bright star in the region. Just underneath S Mon, is the area dubbed the “Foxfur Nebula.” Named as such due to the physical parallel between fox fur and the intricate layers of gas and dust, which are shaped by the fierce stellar winds that carve out the surrounding material.

Both S Mon and the Fox fur nebula belong to a young open cluster of stars, dubbed NGC 2264.

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Happy Earth Day
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(By Elena Malysheva)
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Astronomy Photo of the Day: 04/19/14 - IC 5068

This is IC 5068, a faint emission nebula (comprised of hydrogen gas clouds), located in the neighborhood of the North American and Pelican nebulae. Specifically, IC 5068 is situated very close to the massive and bright star, known as Deneb.

The nebula is mostly known for the streaks of dark clouds that separate the colorful hydrogen regions, which also cordon the nebula off from its better-known neighbors. (All are located 1,600 light-years away in the constellation of Cygnus.)

From; http://goo.gl/ClB45W

Image Credit: Luca Argalia
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CG4: A Ruptured Cometary Globule
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