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Image of the Day: September 2011

Obscured by Clouds (like the Pink Floyd album, again)

Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope/Coelum

Friday, September 30, 2011: Dust mixed in interstellar gas gives the mistaken impression that portions of our galaxy don't contain stars. Elsewhere, the thinner portions of the nebula scatters the light of nearby blue stars.

— Tom Chao

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NASA, ESA and Orsola De Marco (Macquarie University)

For older Image of the Day pictures, please visit the Image of the Day archives. Pictured: NGC 2467.

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Tom Chao has contributed to SPACE.com as a producer and writer since 2000. As a writer and editor, he has worked for the Voyager Company, Time Inc. New Media, HarperCollins and Worth Publishers. He has a bachelor’s degree in Cinema Production from the University of Southern California, and a master’s degree from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Tom on Google+.