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APOD: 2023 November 20 The Horsehead Nebula
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APOD: 2023 November 20  The Horsehead Nebula
Credit & Copyright: Mark Hanson & Martin Pugh, SSRO, PROMPT, CTIO, NSF
Explanation: Sculpted by stellar winds and radiation, a magnificent interstellar dust cloud by chance has assumed this recognizable shape. Fittingly named the Horsehead Nebula, it is some 1,500 light-years distant, embedded in the vast Orion cloud complex. 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. Stars are forming within the dark cloud. Contrasting blue reflection nebula NGC 2023, surrounding a hot, young star, is at the lower left of the full image. The featured gorgeous color image combines both narrowband and broadband images recorded using several different telescopes.

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Publications with keywords: Horsehead Nebula - dark nebula
Publications with words: Horsehead Nebula - dark nebula
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