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July 30, 2012
Floating in the interstellar space between us and field stars from our galaxy, this dense cloud of gas blocks the background light. It is the dust intermixed in the gas that absorbs and scatters the starlight, leaving only the brightest background stars to be seen. Image by Jean-Charles Cuillandre (CFHT) & Giovanni Anselmi (Coelum)