Great Rift nebula, optical image

Great Rift nebula, optical image

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Caption: Great Rift nebula, optical image. The Great Rift (or Dark Side, Dark Rift, Dark River) is a series of overlapping, non-luminous, molecular dust clouds that are located between the Solar System and the Sagittarius Arm of the Milky Way Galaxy, around 300 light years from Earth. The clouds are estimated to contain about 1 million solar masses of plasma and dust.

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