The silhouette of a Lynd's dark nebula appears against a faint background of glowing hydrogen gas only easily seen in long telescopic exposures of the region. LDN 1622 lies near the plane of ourMilky Way Galaxy, close on the sky to Barnard's Loop - a large cloud surrounding the rich complex of emission nebulae found in the Belt and Sword of Orion. But the obscuring dust of LDN 1622 is thought to be much closer than Orion's more famous nebulae, perhaps only 500 light-years away.
Source: The Daily Galaxy via NASA and CFHT
Image Credit: Jean-Charles Cuillandre (CFHT) & Giovanni Anselmi (Coelum); "Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope / Coelum"