The Christmas Tree Cluster and Fox Fur Nebula

fox-fur-nebula–The Christmas Tree Cluster (NGC 2264) is a well-studied region in the Monoceras (the Unicorn) constellation.   The Christmas Tree Cluster, the blue reflection nebula surrounding bright stars,  was so named because it looks like a tree in visible light…alright, use your imagination!

The Fox Fur Nebula (imagination required, puh-leeze!) is a strange shape originating from fine interstellar dust reacting in complex ways with the energetic light and hot gas being expelled by the young stars.–And it’s all only about 2,500 light years away…

…field trip, anyone?–Merry Xmas and Joyous Festivus from Foxsylvania!

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