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NGC 2080
Ghost Head Nebula (幽霊の頭星雲)
Emission Nebula (散光星雲)
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別名 (Other names)
ESO 57-EN12

明るさ (Brightness)
10.4等級

星座 (Constellation)
かじき座 (Dor) (Dorado)

Ghost Head Nebula (NGC 2080) is an emission nebula in the constellation Dorado.

NGC 2080 (Ghost Head Nebula) : Picture

Halloween and the Ghost Head Nebula
Halloween and the Ghost Head Nebula
(C) NASA
Halloween's origin is ancient and astronomical. Since the fifth century BC, Halloween has been celebrated as a cross-quarter day, a day halfway between an equinox (equal day / equal night) and a solstice (minimum day / maximum night in the northern hemisphere). With a modern calendar, however, the real cross-quarter day will occur next week. Another cross-quarter day is Groundhog's Day. Halloween's modern celebration retains historic roots in dressing to scare away the spirits of the dead. Perhaps a fitting tribute to this ancient holiday is this view of the Ghost Head Nebula taken with the Hubble Space Telescope. Similar to the icon of a fictional ghost, NGC 2080 is actually a star forming region in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a satellite galaxy of our own Milky Way Galaxy. The Ghost Head Nebula spans about 50 light-years and is shown in representative colors.

NGC2080
NGC 2080
(C) NASA
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