Amber Lea (freetobeme) wrote in space_nerds,
Amber Lea

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NGC 1999: Reflection Nebula.

Are you catching on to the fact that I'm a sucker for Hubble images? This is a nebula found in Orion. The star is V380 Orionis and it is responsible for the illumination of the nebula. The dark area is a Bok globule, which is a dark cloud between the illuminated nebula and the point at which the picture was taken. It's dark because there's nothing nearby to illuminate it.
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