The Coalsack

Sunday 01 April 2018 - 18:46:44 Category: April Posted by  Administrator Comments are turned off for this item
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Dark Nebula Located in the Constellation Crux

What appears to be a hole in the Milky Way next to Crux the "Southern Cross" is in fact a huge cloud of dust that blots out light from the stars behind it. This Dark Nebula, known as the Coalsack, is about 60 light-years in diameter, and is thought to lie about 600 light-years from us.

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