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Amazing Astrophoto: The North American Nebula by Mick Hyde

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NGC7000 and the Pelican nebula. © Mick Hyde. All rights reserved.

Here’s a truly gorgeous image by astrophotographer Mick Hyde, a mosaic of NGC 7000 (the North American nebula) and the Pelican nebula (IC 5070).

The structure on the upper left side is the North American nebula, with the darkest lobe of dust near the center forming the “Gulf of Mexico.” The star-forming region is located approximately 1,600 light years away in the constellation of Cygnus the Swan.

On the upper right is another celestial water bird, the Pelican nebula, a bright curve of ionized gas suggesting the shape of a pelican’s head and neck.

Check out a wider view of this region here, and see this and more of Mick’s work on his Flickr page here.

Image © Mick Hyde. Used with permission.

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A graphic designer in Rhode Island, Jason writes about space exploration on his blog Lights In The Dark, Discovery News, and, of course, here on Universe Today. Ad astra!

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  • Planemo June 9, 2013, 3:03 AM

    Incredible pic! The beauty of these pics of an area of space blows your mind and thoughts. The older a person gets. The deeper in thought you become. Expanintion of the mind.

  • enthrense June 10, 2013, 10:35 AM

    On the upper right is another celestial
    water bird, the Pelican nebula, a bright curve of ionized gas suggesting
    the shape of a pelican’s head and neck.

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