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IC 1871: Inside the Soul Nebula ⠀ Image Credit & Copyright: Sara Wager⠀ Explanation: This cosmic close-up looks deep inside the Soul Nebula. The dark and brooding dust clouds outlined by bright ridges of glowing gas are cataloged as IC 1871. About 25 light-years across, the telescopic field of view spans only a small part of the much larger Heart and Soul nebulae. At an estimated distance of 6,500 light-years the star-forming complex lies within the Perseus spiral arm of the Milky Way, seen in planet Earth's skies toward the constellation Cassiopeia. An example of triggered star formation, the dense star-forming clouds of IC 1871 are themselves sculpted by the intense winds and radiation of the region's massive young stars. This color image adopts a palette made popular in Hubble images of star-forming regions.⠀ APOD: 2015 October 29 - IC 1871: Inside the Soul Nebula⠀ ⠀ #soulnebula #sarawager #womenofastrophotography #spacestuff #spacedust #lightyears #cassiopeia #amazinguniverse #deepspace #space #telescope #hubble #opteam #nasa