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IC5146 interstellar cloud
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IC5146 interstellar cloud

April 18, 2011
Dense filaments of gas in the IC5146 interstellar cloud. This image was taken by ESA's Herschel space observatory at infrared wavelengths 70, 250 and 500 microns. Stars are forming along these filaments.