(via APOD: 2012 September 28 - Stars in a Dusty Sky)
Image Credit & Copyright: John Davis
Out toward Pegasus, in the big square that makes up the middle of the constellation (an asterism sometimes called The Great Square), there a known region of molecular cloud in the sky. This is a rare one that isn’t in the plane of the galaxy, but it is nearby, relatively. The bright star above is Markab, powering a whole lot of the reflection effects in the dust cloud. These clouds are only about 1000 light-years away. Click through to get to the full-size version. It’s worth it.