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Dusty veil

July 2013: In the constellation Ophiuchus lurks a star-forming region home to a "hole in the heavens."
RELATED TOPICS: DEEP-SKY OBSERVING
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A mysterious area of light and shadow looms above the southern horizon this month around 9 p.m. local time. Under dark skies and through telescopes with wide fields of view, a region known as the Rho (ρ) Ophiuchi complex appears as sheets of sheer fabric rippling from Antares (Alpha [α] Scorpii), Scorpius the Scorpion’s heart, like light on voile.

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