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Reflection Nebula - This image, centred on the B[e] star HD 87643, beautifully shows the extended nebula of gas & dust that reflects the light from the star. The central star's wind appears to have shaped the nebula, leaving bright, ragged tendrils of gas & dust. A careful investigation seems to indicate that there are regular ejections of matter from the star every 15-50 yrs. The image was taken with the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at La Silla. Extended Nebulas, Spaces Stars, Heart Stars, Stars Heart, Reflections Nebulas, Dust, Stars Hd, Double Stars, Hd 87643
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Finnish astrophotographer J-P Metsävainio observed IC 1396, making a gorgeous image of it. But he wasn’t satisfied just doing that. He’d been playing with making 3D images for some time, and decided this might be a good opportunity to make a model of the structure of the nebula, and then create an animated GIF of it.
NGC7129: star-forming region & reflection nebula in Cepheus; it is about 3000 ly away; stars in this nebula are very young, about 1 Ma old. The red blobs above & below the nebula are Herbig Haro objects, the result of jets of gas streaming away from young stars in the nebula