Foxfur Nebula

My 2011 astronomy calendar has an awesome image of the Foxfur Nebula (or Fox Fur). Here is another splendid image for your consideration.

“Its popular name arises because the nebula looks like the head of a stole made from the fur of a red fox.” I just love the ways in which big scientific discoveries get stuck with odd little names based on what they remind us of. Look closely and you can “see” the fox!

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