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Cover photo and description: Courtesy of NASA

North America Nebula in Different Lights

This new view of the North America nebula combines both visible and 

infrared light observations, taken by the Digitized Sky Survey and NASA’s 

Spitzer Space Telescope, respectively, into a single vivid picture.

The nebula is named after its resemblance to the North American 

continent in visible light, which in this image is represented in blue 

hues. Infrared light, displayed here in red and green, can penetrate deep 

into the dust, revealing multitudes of hidden stars and dusty clouds. 

Only the very densest dust clouds remain opaque, like the dark bands 

seen in the “Gulf of Mexico” area.

Clusters of young stars can be found throughout the image. Slightly older 

but still very young stars are also liberally scattered across the complex, 

with concentrations near the “head” region of the Pelican nebula, which 

is located to the right of the North America nebula (upper right, bluish 

portion of this picture).

In this combined view, the visible part of the spectrum from the Digitized 

Sky Survey is represented in blues and blue-green hues. The Spitzer 

component contains data from the infrared array camera. Light with a 

wavelength of 3.6 microns has been color-coded green; 4.5-micron light 

is orange; 5.8-micron and 8.0-micron light are red.

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