Skip to comments.Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Merope's Reflection Nebula
Posted on 02/15/2012 3:49:22 AM PST by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Reflection nebulas reflect light from a nearby star. Many small carbon grains in the nebula reflect the light. The blue color typical of reflection nebula is caused by blue light being more efficiently scattered by the carbon dust than red light. The brightness of the nebula is determined by the size and density of the reflecting grains, and by the color and brightness of the neighboring star(s). NGC 1435, pictured above, surrounds Merope (23 Tau), one of the brightest stars in the Pleiades (M45). The Pleiades nebulosity is caused by a chance encounter between an open cluster of stars and a dusty molecular cloud.
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[Credit & Copyright: Leonardo Orazi]
Is that anywhere near the Moons Of Meepzorp?
Especially loved this one and the previous one. I save about 90% of them and use them as wallpaper and screen savers. Thank you very much for posting these.
The Pleiades are far and away the most beautiful cluster of stars in the night sky with the right scope. I’ve introduced a number of people to stargazing by starting with them.
“See that fuzzy cluster there?”
*points scope at it*
“Take a look.”
“Oh... my... God... that’s breathtaking. Show me more!”
I had the same reaction when I saw the Kate Upton pictures this week.
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