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Sharpless 308: Star Bubble (Astronomy Picture of the Day RSS Feed)

A large molecular cloud can be found in the constellation Ara. Part of that cloud is catalogued as NGC 6188, located to the upper left of this image. To the lower right is NGC 6164, a nebula surrounding a massive O-type star. The nebulosity is about 4,000 light years from Earth.

“Ningen“. Meaning literally “Human“, it’s allegedly a very large unknown animal sighted by Japanese fishers, which bares an uncanny resemblance to us. Not only a face, but other reports include even arms and hands.

Spiral galaxy NGC 1097is located about 45 million light-years from Earth appearing in thesouthern hemisphere constellation Fornax. A Seyfert galaxy, the nucleus of NGC 1097 harbors a supermassive black hole.

Supergiant star Gamma Cygni lies at the center of the Northern Cross, a famous asterism in the constellation of the Swan (Cygnus). Known by the proper name Sadr, the bright star also lies at the center of this gorgeous skyscape, featuring a complex of stars, dust clouds, and glowing nebulae along the plane of our Milky Way galaxy. The field of view spans over 3 degrees (six Full Moons) on the sky and includes emission nebula IC 1318 and open star cluster NGC 6910.