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NGC 7822 in Cepheus

November 3, 2010

Because our comsos is breathtaking in scale, magnificence and beauty, and because beautiful things thrill me, and because I’ve been thinking about doing some more astronomy paintings, I’ll be posting some images here, for you to enjoy too.

So, enjoy, dammit – and be filled with wonder!  🙂

At the edge of a giant molecular cloud toward the northern constellation Cepheus, the glowing star forming region lies about 3,000 light-years away. Within the nebula, bright edges and dark shapes are highlighted in this colorful skyscape. The image includes data from both broadband and narrowband filters, mapping emission from atomic oxygen, hydrogen, and sulfur into blue, green, and red hues. The atomic emission is powered by the energetic radiation from the hot stars, whose powerful winds and radiation also sculpt and erode the denser pillar shapes.

Source:  Astronomy Picture of the Day (Credit & Copyright: Neil Fleming)

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