vDB 152 – Dark Nebula

vdB 152 is a dark cloud of gas that is thick enough to obscure all the stars behind it and only some part of the nebula is shining in blue color as a reflection from the bright star in the area. Near the edge of a large molecular cloud, pockets of interstellar dust in the region block light from background stars or scatter light from the embedded bright star giving parts of the nebula a characteristic blue color. Ultraviolet light from the star is also thought to cause a dim reddish luminescence in the nebular dust.

This cosmic phantom is nearly 1,400 light-years away. It lies along the northern Milky Way in the royal constellation Cepheus.

I see a large eagle like bird with eyes and a clear beak. I am going to call it the ‘Jatayu’ nebula in honor of the friend of Lord Rama (of Indian epic Ramayana) – enjoy this during Diwali festival.

Took this image over 10.25 hours. For Luminance 15 images of 20 min each with RGB 7 images each of 15 minutes each.


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