Here are some familiar shapes in unfamiliar locations. This emission nebula [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/emission_nebulae.html ] on the left 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://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NGC_7000 ], is a less luminous nebula that resembles a pelican [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pelican ] dubbed the Pelican Nebula [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap020829.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. This spectacular image [ http://www.astrosurf.com/nico-outters/astro/ngc7000-bis.html ] captures, in false color, the nebulas, bright ionization fronts [ http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap000703.html ], and fine details of the dark dust. 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://periodic.lanl.gov/elements/1.html ] gas.