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The Spider and The Fly

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The Spider and The Fly


Star clusters and nebulae abound in the
ancient northern constellation
Auriga -
a region that includes the
interesting pair NGC 1931 (lower left) and IC 417.

In this gorgeous
color image
, an imaginative eye toward
the expansive
IC 417
and diminutive
NGC 1931
suggests a cosmic
and fly

About 10,000 light-years distant,
both are young open star clusters formed in interstellar
clouds and still embedded in
glowing hydrogen gas.

The more compact NGC 1931 is about 10 light-years across with
contrasting blue hues characteristic of dust
reflected starlight.

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