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  • The Milky Way Galaxy
  • Our position in the Milky Way
  • Jewel Box Cluster
  • M45 - The Pleiades
  • M44 - Beehive Cluster
  • Globular Cluster M4
  • M14 - A Typical Globular Cluster
  • Pillars of Creation
  • Crab Nebula
  • The Crab Nebula Supernova Explosion
  • Eagle Nebula
  • Eagle Nebula (visible)
  • IC 2944
  • Eta Carinae - A Supermassive Star
  • The Horsehead Nebula
  • The Horsehead Nebula (infrared)
  • The Orion Nebula - M42
  • Orion Molecular Cloud Complex
  • M78 - A Blue Reflection nebula
  • Omega Nebula
  • Ring Nebula
  • Planet-Forming Disc around a New Born Star
  • Simeis 147 supernova remnant
  • The Great Carina Nebula (NGC 3372)
  • The Great Carina Nebula in False Colours

IC 2944 is an emission nebula, 6500 light years away from us in the constellation of Centaurus. You can see dark clouds in front of the glowing hydrogen gas. These dark clouds are the main ingredients of new stars which are currently being formed inside the clouds. The clouds have typical masses of about 2 to 50 solar masses and their diameters are more or less one light year. They are also called Bok globules since in the 1940s the astronomer Bart Bok already suspected them to be possible regions of star formation. The particular ones you can see on this image are nicknamed Thackeray Globules. These dark clouds mainly consist of molecular hydrogen (H2), helium, carbon monoxide and cosmic dust. The dust within them is the main ingredient for planets which form around stars.

If interested, read more about: Emission nebula - Molecular Clouds and Dark Nebulae

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IC 2944
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