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“Light-years across, this suggestive shape known as the Seahorse Nebula appears in silhouette against a rich, luminous background of stars. Seen toward the royal northern constellation of Cepheus, the dusty, obscuring clouds are part of a Milky Way molecular cloud some 1,200 light-years distant. It is also listed as Barnard 150 (B150), one of 182 dark markings of the sky cataloged in the early 20th century by astronomer E. E. Barnard. Packs of low-mass stars are forming within, but their collapsing cores are only visible at long infrared wavelengths. Still, the colorful stars of Cepheus add to this pretty, galactic skyscape.”

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Sure is pretty to look at for sure, another great pic. Thank you!


Thank you, gentlemen! Sherry


That's enough to make your eyes cross.


A prime example is the three stars of the belt of Orion. They appear to be 'lined up', but the actual distances, left to right, are 778 light years (ly), 1300 ly and 690 ly.


Those five stars, while appearing to be in a row, aren't the same distance away from Earth. some are nearer; some are farther. It's just a coincidence that they appear to be 'lined up'.


Thank you, Bill. I shall read further. Sherry


Ha! You flatter me, Sherry, and I appreciate your kind words. I know very little about astronomy. All I know is that those stars, if that's what they are, are part of the constellation of Cepheus. The whole view is rotated a bit here but you can see them in this other view (also by Valerio Avitabile) where there is an annotation when you hover your mouse over the largest, yellowish one:

And maybe this Wikipedia page will be of some help?

Max do you know any more about the row of points of light?


Bill, I'm afraid my astrology smarts aren't so great these days, but I wondered if you know what those five stars (planets?) lined up in a row are? I doubt they are planets but they are so obvious that I thought they must be a part of some Zodiacal sign or something else to give them a name. And I am sure that if anyone would know about all things astrological, it would be you. Thank you for all of the information you bring to us every day. It fascinates me. Sherry


This reminds me of one of those cakes that has swirls of fudge through it. 🎂


I quite agree!


Obscurity is interesting, too!

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