About 1,300 light years (7.6 quadrillion miles) from Earth, there is a low effluvium called CG4, also famous as “God’s Hand.”
CG4 is what’s famous as a “cometary globule,” that is a misnomer. Though cometary globules resemble comets from distant due to their heads and prolonged tails, they are indeed most incomparable (though still tiny on an astronomic scale). CG4, for example, has a conduct with a hole of 1.5 light years (8.8 trillion miles) and a tail length of 8 light years (47 trillion miles).
Because cometary globules are so dim, it’s formidable to see them clearly. But recently a Very Large Telescope, a space telescope run by a European Southern Observatory from a plateau in northern Chile, prisoner several beautiful images of CG4. On Jan. 28, it released those photos to a public.
Here’s one close-up of CG4 (if an picture that captures several trillion miles can be called a close-up):
And here’s another, wider-field image:
Other older, though still awesome, images of CG4 can be found by searching on a European Southern Observatory’s web site.