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Sharpless 82 (Sh2-82) the Little Cocoon

Sharpless 82 is a small emission nebula, surrounded by a spectral blue reflection nebula.  These two nebulas lie ahead a vast and variegated dark cloud of dust, shaped like a eagle wing, that absorbe the light from distant stars. The whole complex takes place in the small Sagitta constellation.

Full-res file is about 16 Megapixels with a resolution of about 1 arcsec per pixel. It shows an area of sky large 1,0 x 1,2 (for comparison, the full-Moon has a diameter of about 0,5).
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Copyright: Davide De Martin.

This color image is based on data coming from several photographic plates taken between 1985 and 1986 through the Palomar Observatory's 48-inch (1,2-meter) Samuel Oschin Telescope as a part of the second National Geographic Palomar Observatory Sky Survey (POSS II). The photographs were recorded on two type of glass photographic plates - one sensitive to red light and the other to blue and later they were digitized. Credit: Caltech, Palomar Observatory, Digitized Sky Survey.

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