NASA’s pick: Hubble Heritage Project’s photo of reflection nebula NGC 1999
November 23, 2006
© NASA: Hubble Heritage Project
NGC 1999, a reflection nebula in the constellation Orion
This nebula in the constellation Orion is a reflection nebula which does not emit visible light on its own but is illuminated by a neighbouring recently born white star, V380 Orionis which is visible left of center. NGC 1999 became famous when the first Herbig-Haro object was discovered next to it. Herbig-Haro objects are now known to be jets of gas ejected from very young stars. V380 Orionis has a mass three times that of our sun and it twice as hot on its surface. This jet-black cloud near the centre is an example of a “Bok globule,” (after Bart Bok) a dense, cold light-eating cloud which might be where new stars are formed.(NASA 2006)
Hosted by NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration on their image of the day, November 21, 2006.