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Wisps Surrounding the Horsehead Nebula

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Wisps Surrounding the Horsehead Nebula

The famous Horsehead Nebula in Orion is not alone.

A deep exposure shows that the
dark familiar shaped indentation,
visible just below center, is part of a
vast complex of absorbing
dust and
glowing gas.

To bring out details of the
Horsehead's pasture, amateur astronomers at the
Star Shadow Remote Observatory in
New Mexico,
fixed a
small telescope on the region for over seven hours filtering out all but a
very specific color of
red light emitted by

They then added the image to a full color frame taken over three hours.

The resulting
spectacular picture
details an intricate tapestry of gaseous wisps and dust-laden filaments that were created and sculpted over eons by
stellar winds and
ancient supernovas.

The Horsehead Nebula lies 1,500
light years
distant towards the
constellation of

Two stars from the Orion's Belt
can be found in the
above image.

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