Horsehead Nebula (NGC 2024)
miq-e sar-e asb, ~ asbsar
Fr.: nébuleuse de la Tête de Cheval
A huge → dark cloud of → interstellar dust that is shaped like a horse's head. It is luminous at its edges because it is in front of the bright → emission nebula IC 434. Its height and width are about 5 and 2.5 → light-years respectively. It is located at a distance of about 1500 light-years in the constellation → Orion. Also known as Barnard 33.