My neighbours can be ugly, my hair is falling out, my joints snap crackle and pop. But when I am out under the stars all is right with the world!

Jean-Baptiste Faire shared this photo on G+. the following description is his. My only caution is that while I have seen this nebula in our small telescope it surely did not look like this superb photo.

Stunning image of NGC 7635, the Bubble Nebula!
It’s the bubble versus the cloud. NGC 7635, the Bubble Nebula, is being pushed out by the stellar wind of massive central star BD+602522. Next door, though, lives a giant molecular cloud, visible to the right. At this place in space, an irresistible force meets an immovable object in an interesting way. The cloud is able to contain the expansion of the bubble gas, but gets blasted by the hot radiation from the bubble’s central star. The radiation heats up dense regions of the molecular cloud causing it to glow. The Bubble Nebula, pictured above in scientifically mapped colors to bring up contrast, is about 10 light-years across and part of a much larger complex of stars and shells. The Bubble Nebula can be seen with a small telescope towards the constellation of Cassiopeia (the Queen of Aethiopia).
Credit and Copyright: Larry Van Vleet
Image enhancement: Jean-Baptiste Faure

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