The prominent ridge of emission featured in
colorful skyscape is designated IC 5067.
Part of a larger
nebula with a distinctive shape, popularly called
The Pelican Nebula, the ridge spans about
10 light-years and follows the
curve of the cosmic pelican's head and neck.
Fantastic, dark shapes inhabiting the view
are clouds of cool gas and dust
energetic radiation from hot, massive stars.
But stars are also forming within the dark shapes.
In fact, twin jets emerging from the tip of the central,
are the telltale signs of an embedded protostar cataloged as
The Pelican Nebula itself, also known as IC 5070,
is about 2,000 light-years away.
To find it, look northeast of bright
star Deneb in the
high flying constellation Cygnus.
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