Saturday, November 16, 2013

Astronomy Photo of the Day: 11/16/13 - Barnard 39

In yet another great image captured by astrophotographer Alessandro Galassi, we come across Barnard 39: a nebular complex that also contains an open cluster. Both of which, are located in the constellation of Monoceros.

Just the same as the rest of the nebulae in the Barnard Catalog, which contains more than 300 celestial regions, this particular region also has a dark nebulae. These areas are composed of dense interstellar dust grains, making them opaque to visible light.

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Image Credit: Alessandro Galassi

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