The central band of the Milky Way is connected to the star Antares by a dust lane named "Black River". Black River is a cosmic cloud that connects the Pipe Nebula, a colorful region near the bright star Antares in the constellation Scorpius. The opacity of the Black River is due to the absorption of starlight background by cosmic dust. The Pipe Nebula is a dark nebula in the constellation Ophiuchus. This cloud of gas and dust extends over a vast territory in the sky, and it belongs to a bigger complex called Dark Horse Nebula. Despite its obscurity, observers can easily identify the Pipe Nebula to the naked eye, protected from city lights. It is located about a third of the way between the Lagoon Nebula and the star Antares. When we look at the Pipe Nebula, two elements stand out distinctively. One represents the pipe and the other bowl of the pipe. The opaque nebula designed by the pipe smoke is a cloud which absorbs starlight background of the Milky Way. Edward Emerson Barnard, pioneer of astrophotography, cataloged a series of dark nebulae, Barnard 59, 65, 66, 67 (hose pipe), also known as LDN 1773 and Barnard 78 (home to the pipe), also known as NDA 42.
Video: This video just a minute, starts with a large spectacular panorama of the Milky Way and then goes into the direction of the center of the Galaxy. Then we arrive at a curious dark region, called the Pipe Nebula. Dense clouds of interstellar dust stand among the stars in the constellation of Ophiuchus (the Serpent Bearer), near the constellation of Scorpio. The video ends with one end of the pipe, a strange dark line called Barnard 59. credit: ESO/Nick Risinger (skysurvey.org) / S. Guisard (www.eso.org/~sguisard). Music: Disasterpeace