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IC 5067-70 - Pelican Nebula and Surrounding Nebulae

 

IC 5067-70

 

IC 5067-70, the Pelican Nebula, is a large but low-surface-brightness emission nebula in Cygnus. It is part of a nebula complex which also includes the famous North American Nebula, which is situated just a small move east of IC 5067-70, as well as other smaller patches of nebulosity to the south. The Pelican nebula was named for its resemblance to that animal, the body being the brightest part and the beak stretching away towards the lower left. The true distance of the whole nebula complex is not well known, but it is thought to be within our Galaxy's next spiral arm, called the Cygnus arm, at a distance of about 1.500 light years.

The lower part of this image includes the emission nebula IC 5068 and other patches on nebulosity.

IC 5067-70 - Pelican Nebula, Wright-Newtonian narrow-band natural-color CCD-image.
IC 5067-70 - Pelican Nebula, an enlargement of this photograph.


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