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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In this image, Messier 78 is the central, bluish haze in the centre; the other reflection nebula towards the right goes by the name of NGC 2071.
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.
The reflection nebula complexes of NGC 1973, NGC 1975, and NGC 1977 are immediately to the north of M42 and M43 and are known collectively as the Running Man Nebula.
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?
M78 is another nice reflection nebula, about a quarter of the way between Alnitak and Betelgeuse.
Molecular gas is dense within the cavity wall, and HD 200775 illuminates the gas closest to the star, forming the reflection nebula NGC 7023.
Observers of Lupus 1 will find an interesting reflection nebula, Bernes 148 (GN 15.
In the bluish patch to the upper left of the image, called a reflection nebula, gas scatters the light from nearby, Trifid-born stars.