December - The rosy glow of a cosmic seagull
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The colourful and wispy cloud Sharpless 2-296 forms the “wings” of an area of sky known as the Seagull Nebula — named for its resemblance to a gull in flight. This celestial bird contains a fascinating mix of intriguing astronomical objects. Glowing clouds weave amid dark dust lanes and bright stars. The Seagull Nebula — made up of dust, hydrogen, helium and traces of heavier elements — is the energetic birthplace of new stars.Credit:
ESO/VPHAS+ team/N. Wright