Cederbald 214

Cederbald 214

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Credit: J-P METSAVAINIO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cederbald 214. 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 around 6000 light years from Earth in the constellation Cepheus. 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, ced 214, cederbald 214, cepheus, emission nebula, false colour, hst-palette, hubble palette, sh 2-171, sharpless 2-171, space, star birth, starbirth, stellar formation, telescope

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