NASA released a stunning image of the Horsehead Nebula on Tuesday.
The distant nebula — named for its shape — is embedded in the Orion cloud complex.
“Sculpted by stellar winds and radiation, a magnificent interstellar dust cloud by chance has assumed this recognizable shape,” the space agency said in a statement.
The featured beautiful color image combines narrowband and broadband images recorded using different telescopes.
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The Horsehead Nebula (Mark Hanson & Martin Pugh, SSRO, PROMPT, CTIO, NSF)
(Mark Hanson & Martin Pugh, SSRO, PROMPT, CTIO, NSF)
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“About five light-years ‘tall,’ the dark cloud is cataloged as Barnard 33 and is visible only because its obscuring dust is silhouetted against the glowing red emission nebula IC 434,” NASA explained.
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The space agency’s Hubble telescope captured a gorgeous image of a galaxy about 50 million light-years away earlier this week.