reflection nebula


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reflection nebula

n.
A nebula that reflects the light of a nearby star or stars toward Earth rather than emitting its own light.
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Known to astronomers as a reflection nebula, this type of object usually appears blue because the scattering is more efficient for these shorter wavelengths of light.
It is a classic reflection nebula with powerful stellar winds that produce the comet-like nebula we see today.
Was it really so rare for a reflection nebula to find itself close to such a star, or were many more variable nebulae waiting to be found?