APOD: The Dark Seahorse in Cepheus (2023 Apr 20)

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APOD: The Dark Seahorse in Cepheus (2023 Apr 20)

Post by APOD Robot » Thu Apr 20, 2023 4:06 am

Image The Dark Seahorse in Cepheus

Explanation: Spanning light-years, this suggestive shape known as the Seahorse Nebula appears in silhouette against a rich, luminous background of stars. Seen toward the royal northern constellation of Cepheus, the dusty, obscuring clouds are part of a Milky Way molecular cloud some 1,200 light-years distant. It is also listed as Barnard 150 (B150), one of 182 dark markings of the sky cataloged in the early 20th century by astronomer E. E. Barnard. Packs of low mass stars are forming within, but their collapsing cores are only visible at long infrared wavelengths. Still, the colorful stars of Cepheus add to this pretty, galactic skyscape.

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Re: APOD: The Dark Seahorse in Cepheus (2023 Apr 20)

Post by Fred the Cat » Thu Apr 20, 2023 3:21 pm

Early astronomers paved the way looking at these dark patches. Their lives as groundbreakers had plenty of potholes to fill. :yes:
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Re: APOD: The Dark Seahorse in Cepheus (2023 Apr 20)

Post by orin stepanek » Thu Apr 20, 2023 10:00 pm

I like the photo; but I am not seeing a seahorse in it! :mrgreen:
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Re: APOD: The Dark Seahorse in Cepheus (2023 Apr 20)

Post by Sa Ji Tario » Fri Apr 21, 2023 4:00 am

orin stepanek wrote: Thu Apr 20, 2023 10:00 pm I like the photo; but I am not seeing a seahorse in it! :mrgreen:
It looks more like a sea dragon

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Re: APOD: The Dark Seahorse in Cepheus (2023 Apr 20)

Post by orin stepanek » Fri Apr 21, 2023 4:01 pm

Sa Ji Tario wrote: Fri Apr 21, 2023 4:00 am
orin stepanek wrote: Thu Apr 20, 2023 10:00 pm I like the photo; but I am not seeing a seahorse in it! :mrgreen:
It looks more like a sea dragon
A something, anyway! :mrgreen:
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