North American and Pelican Nebulae

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Emission nebulae in the constellation of Cygnus close to the star Deneb (the tail of the swan) NDC 7000. The main nebula on the left resembles the continent of North America. This region of interstellar ionised Hydrogen gas (HII region), has a dark band of dust separating the two nebulae with the Pelican IC5070 situated on the right. Sitting at 2,590 light years from the Earth the area covers a region of more than ten times the area of the full moon, however its surface brightness is so low it cannot be seen with the naked eye. This is definitely one of my favourite images presented in th e Hubble Palette.

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