December 16, 2012
Day 16 of the 2012 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar, one of 25 photos (eventually). Resembling a nightmarish beast rearing its head from a crimson sea, this celestial object is actually just a pillar of gas and dust. Called the Cone Nebula (in NGC 2264) — so named because in ground-based images it has a conical shape - this monstrous pillar resides in a turbulent star-forming region. This picture shows the upper 2.5 light-years of the Cone. The entire pillar is seven light-years long. (NASA, Holland Ford (JHU), the ACS Science Team and ESA)

Day 16 of the 2012 Hubble Space Telescope Advent Calendar, one of 25 photos (eventually). Resembling a nightmarish beast rearing its head from a crimson sea, this celestial object is actually just a pillar of gas and dust. Called the Cone Nebula (in NGC 2264) — so named because in ground-based images it has a conical shape - this monstrous pillar resides in a turbulent star-forming region. This picture shows the upper 2.5 light-years of the Cone. The entire pillar is seven light-years long. (NASA, Holland Ford (JHU), the ACS Science Team and ESA)

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