The Cone Nebula is located at the southern end of star cluster
NGC 2264, in Monoceros. It is a column of dark dust, six
lightyears long, near some of the newly-formed hot blue stars of the
This object parallels the dust pillars seen in the Eagle Nebula, where regions of thick dust and gas resist being cleared away by the intense ultraviolet radiation from young giant stars. The edge of the column, especially the tip, is bright with red light from ionized hydrogen.
This nebula and the cluster that illuminates it are about 2600 lightyears away.
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.|
Minimum credit line: Michael Gariepy/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF
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