B72, The Snake Nebula


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Barnard 72 is a dark nebula lying in the southern tip of Ophiuchus between Sagittarius and Scorpius. Located between ourselves and the rich starfields near the core of our Milky Way galaxy, the dark nebula consists of dense clouds of gas and dust that block the light from thousands of background stars. Subtle structures in this image suggest regions of lower density gas and dust, and the slightly reddened lower-left corner in this image is probably due to greater extension of the shorter wavelengths of light passing through a diffuse gas clouds. This image spans about 1.0 by 1.5 degrees of sky. For comparison, the full moon spans about 0.5 degree.

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