Pelican nebula

Pelican nebula

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Credit: J-P METSAVAINIO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Pelican nebula. This is an emission nebula, a huge cloud of gas and dust that glows as the hydrogen it contains is ionised by radiation from the hot young stars that have formed within it. The nebula lies 1800 light years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. Different colours represent different ionised gases; sulphur is red, hydrogen is green and oxygen is blue.

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Keywords: astronomical, astronomy, astrophysical, astrophysics, cygnus, emission nebula, false colour, hst-palette, hubble palette, ic 5070, pelican nebula, space, star birth, starbirth, stellar formation, telescope

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