The Tulip Nebula and the Cygnus X-1 shock wave

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The Tulip Nebula Sh2-101, a Hydrogen Alpha emission nebula in the constellation of Cygnus. Resembling the outline of a tulip, this nebula is situated at 6,000 light years from Earth. At the bottom of the nebula is sited micro quasar Cygnus X-1, one of the first suspected black holes. A bow shock can bee seen, created by a jet of energetic particles from the black hole as they interact with the interstellar medium.

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