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IC5146 Interstellar Cloud Space Wallpaper

Dense filaments of gas in the IC5146 interstellar cloud, in an infrared photo from ESA’s Herschel space observatory.
Dense filaments of gas in the IC5146 interstellar cloud, in an infrared photo from ESA’s Herschel space observatory. (Image credit: ESA/Herschel/SPIRE/PACS/D. Arzoumanian (CEA Saclay) for the “Gould Belt survey” Key Programme Consortium)

This cool space wallpaper shows dense filaments of gas shine in the IC5146 interstellar cloud, in an infrared photo from ESA's Herschel space observatory.

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