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    Cygnus - The Swan Glowing in Flight

    Crescent Nebula

    The Herschel Space Observatory's infrared view of Cygnus X spans some 6x2 degrees across one of the closest, massive star forming regions in the plane of our Milky Way galaxy.


    Orion in Gas, Dust, and Stars

    In 1995, a now famous picture from the Hubble Space Telescope featured Pillars of Creation, star forming columns of cold gas and dust light-years long inside M16, the Eagle Nebula. This remarkable false-color composite image revisits the nearby stellar nursery with image data from the orbiting Herschel Space Observatory and XMM-Newton telescopes. Herschel's far infrared detectors record the emission from the region's cold dust directly, including the famous pillars and other structures near t...

    The beautiful Cocoon Nebula (IC 5146) is located about 4000 ly away toward the constellation of Cygnus. Hidden inside the Cocoon is a newly develop-ing open cluster of stars dominated by a massive star (in the center of the above image) that opened a hole in an existing molecular cloud through which much of the glowing material flows. The same star, which formed about 100,000 years ago, provides the energy source for much of the emitted and reflected light from this nebula.

    Andromeda Galaxy

    Trifid Nebula

    NASA - Andromeda's Colorful Rings

    The Butterfly Nebula from Hubble

    Massive star IRS 4 is beginning to spread its wings. Born about 100,000 years ago, material streaming out from this newborn star has formed the nebula dubbed Sharpless 2-106 Nebula (S106), pictured above. It lies about 2000 light-years away toward the constellation of the Swan (Cygnus).

    Cassiopeia A -- supernova remnant

    F_U_V_M's National Geographic photo favorites.

    At the Edge of NGC 2174 Image Credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

    The Cygnus Wall



    Arp 227 consists of two galaxies in the constellation Pisces: the large (250,000 light-years across) lenticular galaxy NGC 474 (also known as UGC 864) located about 93 million light-years away, and the spiral galaxy NGC 470 at about 95 million light-years away. They lie at a separation of about 160,000 light-years. - Credit: NASA

    Ring nebula in Cygnus

    V838 Monocerotis. A red variable star in the constellation Monoceros about 20,000 light years from the Sun.