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  • Leslie Kappes

    Nebulae. Looks a little like the Man in the Moon....

  • Mona Evans

    The Witch Head Nebula. It glows from light reflected from bright supergiant Rigel - Orion's left foot! Although Rigel is blue, the nebula is blue because the dust scatters blue light more efficiently than the longer wavelengths. (Image: George Greany) ©Mona Evans, “Nebulae” http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art43407.asp

  • Diana Elyse

    See Explanation. Clicking on the picture will download the highest resolution version available.

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