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October 6, 1995
Dark Bok Globules in IC 2944
Telescope photograph by David Malin
The dark spots in the above picture are not photographic defects but an
unusual type of interstellar cloud known as a Bok globule. Bok globules,
named after astronomer Bart Bok who studied them extensively, are small
dark clouds made of
dust that are typically condensing
to form a star or
These Bok globules are found in front of a glowing
region known as IC 2499.
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