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IC 5067 in the Pelican Nebula

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IC 5067 in the Pelican Nebula


The prominent ridge of emission featured in
this dramatic skyscape
is cataloged as IC 5067.

Part of a larger
with a distinctive shape, popularly called
The Pelican Nebula, the ridge spans about
10 light-years following the
curve of the cosmic pelican's head and neck.

This false color
view also translates the pervasive glow of narrow
emission lines from atoms in the nebula to a
color palette made popular in
Hubble Space Telescope images of star forming regions.

Fantastic, dark shapes inhabiting the 1/2 degree wide field
are clouds of cool gas and dust sculpted by the winds and radiation
from hot, massive stars.

of some of the sculpted clouds show clear
of newly forming stars.

The Pelican Nebula, itself cataloged as IC 5070, is about
2,000 light-years away.

To find it, look northeast of bright
star Deneb in the
high flying constellation Cygnus.

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