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The Flying Emu is an Australian aboriginal constellation that stretches across the southern skies. It's formed by the dark nebulae against the glowing background, rather than by stars against a dark background. (Image: Barnaby Norris) ©Mona Evans, “Nebulae” http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art43407.asp

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Eyes and Nebulas. ©Mona Evans, “Nebulae” http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art43407.asp

Orion Nebula. [Image Credit: NASA, ESA, M. Robberto (STScI/ESA) et al.] It's the nearest star-forming nebula to us and much of the dust has been blown away giving an even clearer view. The image has been sharpened up by using data from both the Hubble and ESO's La Silla telescopes. ©Mona Evans, “Nebulae” http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art43407.asp

47 Tucanae, located in the constellation Tucana, is the second largest known globular cluster. Here it's shown in a digital art work by Felix Cheung. It's one of a set of screen savers based on the Southern birds constellations. Mona Evans, "Heavenly Aviaries – Bird Constellations" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art33297.asp

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The Trifid Nebula includes three types of nebula. The blue area is a reflection nebula, like the Witch Head. The lower red area is a stellar nursery (like IC 1639) where the hydrogen gas is energized by hot young stars. The dark areas that give the nebula its triffid-like look are dark nebulae like the Flying Emu. (photo: R. Jay Gabany) ©Mona Evans, “Nebulae” http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art43407.asp