"Pac-Man" Nebula
New General Catalogue of Nebulae and Clusters of Stars: NGC 281
Constellation: Cassiopeia


This is another emission nebula in the Autumn Milky Way. Again, not unlike in similar, but more prominent objects the red colour reveals the hydrogen chemistry behind the galactic object. But if you watch closely, you will notice a small, faint nebula at the utmost left edge of the frame. The bluish hue reveals that this object called LBN 621 is a reflection nebula lit by the young, hot stars around.

However, there is much more matter, both dust and molecular gas in the vicinity of the bright nebula embedded in interstallar haze. But when I adjusted brightness and contrast I deliberately decided to sacrifice boring background details in favour of brilliance.


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