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1. A dark nebula, one of the nearest to Earth, that appears in the southern Milky Way.
2. A similar dark nebula in the Northern Hemisphere near the constellation Cygnus.


a sack in which coal is carried



1. a dark nebula in the Southern Cross.
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It is thought that the bright Canopes are references to the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds, while the obscure one could be the dark Coalsack Nebula.
The Light and the Dark: A Reassessment of the Discovery of the Coalsack Nebula, the Magellanic Clouds and the Southern Cross.
Overhead, the southern Milky Way arches across the dome of the sky, carrying with it some of the heavens' most fantastic spectacles: the Southern Cross with its Jewel Box Cluster and inky Coalsack Nebula, the Eta Carinae Nebula, and the glorious star fields of Centaurus.