VDB141-Ghost Nebula

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Spooky shapes seem to haunt this starry expanse, drifting through the night in the royal constellation Cepheus. Of course, the shapes are cosmic dust clouds faintly visible in dimly reflected starlight. Far from your own neighborhood on planet Earth, they lurk at the edge of the Cepheus Flare molecular cloud complex some 1,200 light-years away. Over 2 light-years across the ghostly nebula known as vdB 141 or Sh2-136 is near the center of the field. The core of the dark cloud on the lower right is collapsing and is likely a binary star system in the early stages of formation. (Description from APOD.) This image was taken over several nights beginning on September 8, 2011 through September 20. It consists of 14.5 hours of exposure with the Hyperion Astrograph and a SBIG STL11000m  ccd camera. Click on the image for a larger view. 

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