Bok bok bok

Nicholas Clarke from Cohuna, Victoria, Australia

IC 2948 is a reflection and emission nebula in Centaurus more popularly known as the Running Chicken Nebula, associated with the open cluster IC 2944. This crop of the nebula highlights Bok globules at top center — dense clouds of gas that serve as stellar nurseries. The image represents 70 hours of data with a 17-inch scope.