Behold: scary-ass reflection nebula IC 2118 in the constellation of Orion. It’d put the heart sideways in you so it would. To wit:

IC 2118 is about 800 light-years from your neighbourhood, close to bright bluish star Rigel at the foot of Orion. Often identified as the Witch Head nebula for its appearance in a wider field of view it now rises before the witching hour though. With spiky stars for eyes, the ghoulish apparition identified here seems to extend an arm toward Orion’s hot supergiant star. The source of illumination for IC 2118, Rigel is just beyond this frame at the upper left.

(Image: Casey Good/Steve Timmons)


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