Here's a familiar shape in an unfamiliar location! This emission nebula [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/emission_nebulae.html ] is famous partly because it resembles Earth's continent of North America. To the right of the North America Nebula [ http://www.seds.org/messier/xtra/ngc/n7000.html ], cataloged as NGC 7000 [ http://aspsky.org/ngc/ngc_6-7k.html ], is a less luminous Pelican Nebula [ http://voltaire.csun.edu/pelican.html ]. The two emission nebula [ http://www.seds.org/messier/nebula.html ] measure about 50 light-years across, are located about 1500 light-years [ http://www.treasure-troves.com/astro/Light-Year.html ] away, and are separated by a dark absorption [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/dark_nebulae.html ] cloud. The nebulae can be seen with binoculars from a dark location. Look for a small nebular patch [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap971009.html ] north-east of bright star Deneb [ http://www.astro.wisc.edu/~dolan/constellations/hr/7924.html ] in the constellation of Cygnus [ http://www.astro.wisc.edu/~dolan/constellations/constellations/Cygnus.html ]. It is still unknown which star or stars ionize the red-glowing hydrogen [ http://pearl1.lanl.gov/periodic/elements/1.html ] gas.