Hubble Telescope captures keyhole Nebula

(ORDO NEWS) — The Hubble telescope photographed an unusual nebula in the constellation Orion.

The image shows NGC 1999, a reflection nebula. So astronomers call nebulae illuminated by surrounding stars, and not emitting light on their own.

NGC 1999 is located about 1350 light years from the Sun, in a region of active star formation. The light source for the nebula is V380 Orionis, a young star visible in the center of the borehole.

The nebula itself around the star is a remnant of the cloud from which the luminary emerged. The reason for the formation of an unusual “slit” in the center of the cloud is not clear to astronomers.

The image was taken in 1999, but has only now been processed and published.


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