About the Image
About the Object
- Nebula > Appearance > Dark > Molecular Cloud
- 650 Light Years
- Position (J2000)
- RA = 21h 24m 6.7s
- Dec = 49° 58' 11.5"
- Field of View
- 4.9 x 4.9 arcminutes
- North is 65.4° right of vertical
Visible Light View of Core L1014
This visible light image shows a dense region of an interstellar molecular cloud known as a "core". The core is known as L1014, the 1,014th object in a list of dark, dusty "clouds" compiled by astronomer Beverly Lynds over 40 years ago. These have proved to be homes to a rich variety of molecules and are the birthplaces of stars and planets. The image is from the Digital Sky Survey and is a B-, R-, and I-band composite image (wavelengths ranging from 0.4 to 0.7 microns). The dark cloud in the center of the image is the core, completely opaque in the visible due to obscuration by dust.
The L1014 core lies in the direction of Cygnus. It is thought to be about 600 light years away, but the distance is somewhat uncertain.
News Release Spitzer Sees Ice and Warm Glows in Dark and Dusty Places ssc2004-20
Image The Starless Core that Isn't ssc2004-20a
Image Artist's Conception of L1014 ssc2004-20b
Image Spitzer Spectrum of Ices in a Protoplanetary Disc ssc2004-20c
Image Observing Young Stars: Hitting the 'Sweet Spot' ssc2004-20d
Video Icy Dawn of a Newborn Star ssc2004-20v1
Image Visible Light View of Core L1014 ssc2004-20a1
Image Spitzer View of the Core L1014 ssc2004-20a2