Behold: the filamentary infrared dark cloud known as the Seahorse Nebula. To wit:

Seen toward the royal northern constellation of Cepheus, the dusty, obscuring clouds are part of a Milky Way molecular cloud some 1,200 light-years distant. It is also listed as Barnard 150 (B150), one of 182 dark markings of the sky cataloged in the early 20th century by astronomer E. E. Barnard. Packs of low mass stars are forming within from collapsing cores only visible at long infrared wavelengths. Still, colourful stars in Cepheus add to the pretty, galactic skyscape.

(Image: Sergio Kaminsky)


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