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photo contest slideshow
Blue Angles with moon rise
Pitts and the Jetfire tuck
Full Moon Saturday Night
Beautiful day to fly
Old Glory
Low Altitude Pass
We Have Takeoff
Blue Angels - Blue Moon
Canadian SnowBirds performing at the Air Show in St. Louis, MO May 2016
IC342 - A spiral galaxy hidden behind an arm of the Milky Way
The Elephant's Trunk - An Emission Nebula in Cepheus
The glow of the Iris Nebula
The Coma Cluster - A slice of a galaxy supercluster

3rd Annual Air & Space Photo Contest
The glow of the Iris Nebula

Proudly displaying its trademark blue likeness, the Iris Nebula owes its appearance to the reflection of a central cluster of stars (NGC7023) against a set of interstellar dust that sits roughly 1,300 light years from Earth. Additional clouds sitting further from the center of the reflection nebula are too distant from the star cluster for illumination, resulting in thick, opaque areas that block the light of stars beyond the nebula.

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Saint Louis, Missouri, United States of America
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© Frederick Steiling.
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 07.2015
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Filed Under: Astronomy
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 14, 2015, 3:09 p.m.
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PHOTO LOCATION Whiteside, Missouri, United States of America