15 January 2017 | Cederblad 30

Cederblad 30 LBN 782 Paddy Gilliland

Credit & copyright: Patrick Gilliland | Click image to enlarge

Image Data
  • Date: Oct. 28, 2016, Nov. 28, 2016, Nov. 30, 2016
  • Location: Worcestershire, United Kingdom
  • Camera: FLI MicroLine 8300 CCD-camera FLI
  • Optics: Officina Stellare Veloce RH 200
  • Mount: Paramount-ME
  • Filters: Astrodon LRGB
  • Exposure: Luminance: 72×300″ bin 1×1, Red: 25×300″ bin 1×1, Green: 25×300″ bin 1×1, Blue: 26×300″ bin 1×1. Total 12.3 Hours

The constellation of Taurus contains some wonderful molecular clouds and reflection nebulae. Visible in this picture, made by Patrick Gilliliand from the UK, is Cederblad 30. This object is rarely seen isolated, most likely because of the difficulty of capturing and processing this particular region.

Cederblad 30 (otherwise known as LBN 782, with LBN standing for Lynds Bright Nebula) is the little blueish nebula on the left. This small fan-shaped region is classified as a reflection nebula, and given the dark underpinning of its surrounding—it’s like a glimmer of light in a smoky, black pit.

Running around and through Cederblad 30 are numerous dark nebulae. Dark nebulae are clumps or clouds that become opaque because of their internal dust grains. The form of such dark clouds is very irregular: they have no clearly defined outer boundaries and sometimes take on convoluted serpentine shapes. The largest dark nebulae are visible to the naked eye, appearing as dark patches against the brighter background of the Milky Way.

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