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Astronomy Picture of the Day - The Horsehead Nebula
NASA ^ | 20 Nov, 2023 | Image Credit & Copyright: Mark Hanson & Martin Pugh, SSRO, PROMPT, CTIO, NSF

Posted on 11/20/2023 1:23:47 PM PST by MtnClimber

Explanation: Sculpted by stellar winds and radiation, a magnificent interstellar dust cloud by chance has assumed this recognizable shape. Fittingly named the Horsehead Nebula, it is some 1,500 light-years distant, embedded in the vast Orion cloud complex. About five light-years "tall," the dark cloud is cataloged as Barnard 33 and is visible only because its obscuring dust is silhouetted against the glowing red emission nebula IC 434. Stars are forming within the dark cloud. Contrasting blue reflection nebula NGC 2023, surrounding a hot, young star, is at the lower left of the full image. The featured gorgeous color image combines both narrowband and broadband images recorded using several different telescopes.


TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: nasa
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1 posted on 11/20/2023 1:23:47 PM PST by MtnClimber
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2 posted on 11/20/2023 1:24:05 PM PST by MtnClimber (For photos of Colorado scenery and wildlife, click on my screen name for my FR home page.)
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Pinging the APOD list.

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3 posted on 11/20/2023 1:24:26 PM PST by MtnClimber (For photos of Colorado scenery and wildlife, click on my screen name for my FR home page.)
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4 posted on 11/20/2023 1:31:09 PM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion, or satire, or both.)
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Where’s the Horse’s Ass Nebula?


5 posted on 11/20/2023 1:32:48 PM PST by grey_whiskers ( The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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Where’s the Horse’s Ass Nebula?

It is not a nebula, it is a constellation of BLACK HOLES. Joe, Hillary, Barak...

6 posted on 11/20/2023 1:38:56 PM PST by MtnClimber (For photos of Colorado scenery and wildlife, click on my screen name for my FR home page.)
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“Where’s the Horse’s Ass Nebula?”

It’s presently at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington DC.


7 posted on 11/20/2023 2:25:35 PM PST by Ignatz (Winner of a prestigious 1960 Y-chromosome award!)
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Where’s the Horse’s Ass Nebula?

That's behind the Horses Head Nebula.

8 posted on 11/20/2023 2:48:49 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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I never did get it. Looks more like an elephant to me.
Should’ve been named “the Rohrschach Nebula.”
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html


9 posted on 11/20/2023 3:04:34 PM PST by normbal (normbal. somewhere in socialist occupied America ‘tween MD and TN)
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My theory is that it was named that before astrophotography was as good as it is now. Today’s amateur photographic equipment is better than what was available to professional equipment a generation ago.

It really DID look like a horses’ head at one time…

(You can cue in the Don Corleone and Luca Brazzi jokes now)


10 posted on 11/20/2023 4:23:34 PM PST by telescope115 (I NEED MY SPACE!!! 🔭)
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Best laugh I’ve had all day.

Thanks.


11 posted on 11/20/2023 4:25:37 PM PST by normbal (normbal. somewhere in socialist occupied America ‘tween MD and TN)
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You’re welcome! It just popped into my head as I was typing this. Those movies
are a part of my heritage-NOT the Mafia part, but the Sicilian part.


12 posted on 11/20/2023 4:59:06 PM PST by telescope115 (I NEED MY SPACE!!! 🔭)
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That image is just a small portion of the larger nebula.
The stars as massive as they are, are but pin pricks.


13 posted on 11/20/2023 10:00:24 PM PST by minnesota_bound (Need more money to buy everything now)
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