Space photo of the day today is the Horse Head Nebula, so called because it vaguely resembles an abstract impression of a chessboard's bishop.
The magnificent dark swirl set against a pink background is of course not how the Horse Head appears to the naked eye. This beautiful shot is a composite of three exposures, each a represented by different colours, red, green and blue, bringing us this pretty result.
The Horse Head Nebula is in the Orion constellation, approximately 1500 light years from earth.
Photo credit: ESO
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