Published: Wednesday, 17 November 2021 20:50
Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have captured an amazing new photo of LDN 1165, a sinuous, inky-black nebula located in the constellation of Cepheus.
Otherwise known as DBY 103.3+02.8, LDN 1165 is classified as dark nebula.
The object is part of Lynds’ Catalog of Dark Nebulae (LDN), originally published in 1962.
“Dark nebulae are clouds of gas and dust that neither emit nor reflect light, instead blocking light coming from behind them,” the Hubble astronomers said.
“Also called absorption nebulae, these nebulae tend to contain large amounts of dust, which allows them to absorb visible light from stars or nebulae beyond them.”
“Dark nebulae are so dark that they’ve been referred to as ‘holes in the sky,’ but in reality they may be full of activity, with stars sometimes forming inside their dense clouds.”
Hubble observed LDN 1165 as part of a study of protostars, hot dense cores of newly forming stars that are accumulating gas and dust as they undergo the starbirth process.
“The bright area in the new image of LDN 1165 is likely a star-forming region that may hold one or more young protostars,” the researchers said.
“Further study of dark nebulae like LDN 1165 will help us better understand the nature of these dark dusty clouds and the stellar nurseries that may lurk within them.”
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