Image Credit: Adam Block, Mount Lemmon SkyCenter, University of Arizona

This little blue nebula is so inconspicuous, it is often overlooked in favor of bigger and brighter nebulae. Found among a rich field of nebulae within the constellation of Taurus, it’s extremely rare to see it isolated—let alone in such gloriously high-resolution.

Called Cederblad 30 (otherwise known as LBN 782, with LBN standing for Lynds Bright Nebula), 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 (it really, really is). Running around and through Cederblad 30 are numerous dark nebulae, which aren’t clear in this particular image.

I wasn’t able to find too much information about this one either (which seems to be happening a lot these days), but I did stumble upon something that talked about Cederblad 30 often being mistaken for IC 359, and the mix-up goes all the way back to the days in which Edwin Hubble was compiling his deep sky catalog.

See a larger image here.


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