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 Post subject: Heart and Soul Nebulae
PostPosted: October 18th, 2011, 8:35 pm 
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I mentioned these in the "Happy 15th Birthday, APOD!" thread. The Heart (IC 1805) and the Soul (IC 1848) are emission nebulae that lie 6000 light-years away in the constellation Cassiopeia. Although the WISE image's color is "representational", it's still beautiful!

In the same light of direction are the elliptical galaxy Maffei 1 and the spiral galaxy Maffei 2.

More information:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/WISE/multimedia/wiseimage20100524.html
November 2011 Astronomy, pp. 24-25.


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PostPosted: August 22nd, 2018, 11:02 pm 
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Jesús M.Vargas and Maritxu Poyal contributed a beautiful image of the Soul Nebula, which made it as yesterday's APOD. The nebula contains a radio source called (I believe) Westerhout 5.

The 21 August 2018 APOD:
https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap180821.html


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