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From the IFLS Facebook page: "This is the Ghost Nebula, a reflection nebula in the Cepheus constellation. It is located about 1500 light years away from Earth.It looks like a giant bird, ready to take flight!" Photo credit: T.A. Rector/University of Alaska Anchorage, H. Schweiker/WIYN and NOAO/AURA/NSF
The astronomers who captured this image with a NASA space telescope call it the "Hand of God."