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).

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Hubble data is public domain, but I put a lot of work into combining it into beautiful color images. The minimal credit line should read: NASA / ESA / J. Schmidt

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