Barnard 86

Cosmic Ink-blot Test: Can You See the Gecko in Space?

by Nancy Atkinson February 13, 2013

A small, isolated dark nebula known as a Bok globule was described as “a drop of ink on the luminous sky” by its discoverer, astronomer Edward Emerson Barnard. Through a small telescope, the object seen here, Barnard 86, does appear as though someone may have dropped a blob of dark ink on the telescope lens. […]

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