APOD: Along the Cygnus Wall (2014 Jul 03)

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APOD: Along the Cygnus Wall (2014 Jul 03)

Post by APOD Robot » Thu Jul 03, 2014 4:18 am

Image Along the Cygnus Wall

Explanation: The prominent ridge of emission featured in this vivid skyscape is known as the Cygnus Wall. Part of a larger emission nebula with a distinctive shape popularly called The North America Nebula, the ridge spans about 10 light-years along an outline that suggests the western coast of Mexico. Constructed from narrowband image data, the cosmic close-up maps emission from sulfur, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms to red, green, and blue colors. The result highlights the bright ionization front with fine details of dark, dusty forms in silhouette. Sculpted by energetic radiation from the region's young, hot, massive stars, the dark shapes inhabiting the view are clouds of cool gas and dust with stars likely forming within. The North America Nebula itself, NGC 7000, is about 1,500 light-years away. To find it, look northeast of bright star Deneb in the high flying constellation Cygnus.

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Re: APOD: Along the Cygnus Wall (2014 Jul 03)

Post by Boomer12k » Thu Jul 03, 2014 6:43 am

Wonderful Close Up...

Looks like a sunset...

Did not know of a "Cygnus Wall"...but am familiar with the larger "North American Nebula"...

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Re: APOD: Along the Cygnus Wall (2014 Jul 03)

Post by Ron-Astro Pharmacist » Thu Jul 03, 2014 7:27 pm

Who's that guy in the nebula? Teach him to swallow the swan. It's stuck in his neck ! :wink:
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Re: APOD: Along the Cygnus Wall (2014 Jul 03)

Post by neufer » Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:07 pm

Ron-Astro Pharmacist wrote:
Who's that guy in the nebula? Teach him to swallow the swan. It's stuck in his neck ! :wink:
That's a cat.
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Re: APOD: Along the Cygnus Wall (2014 Jul 03)

Post by LocalColor » Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:59 pm

At first I thought this was a photo of a cloud bank on earth (before I read the title.)

Wow!