Described as a "dusty curtain" or
mysterious reflection nebula VdB 152 really is very faint.
Far from your neighborhood on this
Night, the cosmic phantom is nearly 1,400 light-years away.
Also catalogued as Ced 201, it lies along the
northern Milky Way
in the royal constellation
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
a characteristic blue color.
Ultraviolet light from the star is also
to cause a dim reddish
in the nebular dust.
Though stars do form in
molecular clouds, this star
seems to have only accidentally wandered
into the area, as its measured velocity through
space is very different from the cloud's velocity.
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