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Dark Energy Camera Spies Cometary Globule Reaching for the Stars


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Dark Energy Camera Spies Cometary Globule Reaching for the Stars

Dark Energy Camera captures the red glow of a cosmic ‘hand’ emerging from within the Gum Nebula



The dark, dusty cometary globule known as CG 4 is spotlighted in this image from the Department of Energy-fabricated Dark Energy Camera mounted on the U.S. National Science Foundation Víctor M. Blanco 4-meter Telescope at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory, a Program of NSF NOIRLab. How these hard-to-detect clouds get their distinctive structure is still unclear, but astronomers speculate that it’s a consequence of the hot, massive stars that surround them.

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