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NGC 7822 is a large emission nebula located in northern Cepheus, it is actually the northernmost emission nebula in the sky. To be precise, NGC 7822 is the designation of the wavy red nebula at the top, the brightest patch of nebulosity at left below the images's center is actually named Cederblad 214. Another designation for the whole complex is Sharpless 171. The nice little cluster consisting of a few stars just to left of the center is called Be 54.
This is a typical large Milky Way HII region with a complex 3-dimensional structure. Many dark nebulae can be seen between NGC 7822 and Cederblad 214.
Cepheus/Cassiopeia Border Region, standard lens photograph.
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