Image Credit: Tony Hallas

Color abounds in this rich star field, which lurks around 2,000 light-years from Earth toward the constellation of Cygnus. It formally goes by the name IC 5067, but you probably recognize it as the Pelican Nebula.

Of course, the Pelican—a name that stems from its resemblance to a big beaked bird—is just a small part of the much larger region, which contains stars and nebulae in various forms (emission and dark nebulae, specifically, are abundant).

In this particular image, the Pelican might be hard to spot, but you can make out its shape by tracing the path of the huge dust-filled ridge in the center. Overall, this section spans around 10 light-years across, and was sculpted by numerous energetic stars.

 

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