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NGC 2023 "Sunset Glow" (2012)

There goes that dragon’s breath again. I think it gives it a fantasy feel. The dragon’s breath was a lot worse than it is now. I found a nice infrared image of the area just below the flare and used it to see through it and recover some of the nice cloud texture. It didn’t quite reach to the top though so I had to leave a large flare. Not that I mind, of course. It’s interesting. Here it is with the flare intact (that’s by the official Hubble processors).

Data used:
HST_9741_01_ACS_WFC_F625W_sci
HST_9741_01_ACS_WFC_F475W_sci
HST_9741_01_ACS_WFC_F658N_sci
HST_9741_01_ACS_WFC_F850LP_sci
hst_11548_9o_wfc3_ir_f160w_sci

Copyright information:
Hubble data is public domain. I do, however, request that you credit me for the processing of the image if you use it.

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