Nightscapes & Deep Sky Colors
Astrophotography © Brian A. Morganti
NGC 7023 - VDB 141
Iris Nebula - Ghost Nebula Complex
Dusty Wide Field View
This dusty wide field view encompasses the bright blue Iris reflection nebula (NGC-7023) on the left as well as the Ghost Nebula (Vdb-141) region that stretches through the center of the image. Also known as Sh2-136, the Ghost Nebula is about 2 light years across and 1200 light years away. The surrounding nebulosity is not catalogued, but these dust clouds are pervasive throughout the constellation of Cepheus. The Ghost Nebula shown in the middle of the image is actually a reflection nebula that has several embedded stars. These stars give the nebula an eerie brown color. The nebula itself consists of numerous Bok globules - areas where the dust and gas is condensing to form protostars.
The Iris Nebula, in the constellation of Cepheus, is a reflection nebula that surrounds open cluster NGC 7023. The nebula is a complex mixture of reflection, emission and dark nebulosity surrounding a 7.4 magnitude star that illuminates the reflection nebula. The Iris Nebula is located 1,300 light-years away with an estimated size of 5.6 light-years in diameter
North is down in this image.
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