Do you see the horse's head?
What you are seeing is not the famous
Horsehead nebula toward
rather a fainter nebula that only takes on a familiar form with deeper imaging.
The main part of the
molecular cloud complex is a
Reflection nebulas are actually made up of very fine
dust that normally appears dark but can
look quite blue when reflecting the light of energetic nearby stars.
In this case, the source of much of the reflected light is a star
at the eye of the
That star is part of
one of the brighter star systems toward the constellation of the Scorpion
reflection nebula dubbed
IC 4601 is visible surrounding two stars on the upper right of the image center.
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