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Ghost Nebula

Submitter: Albert van Duin
Description: This reflection nebula in Cepheus is named the Ghost Nebula, a very appropriately named object for the Halloween season.

Its official names are Sharpless3-136 or VandenBergh-141. It is an isolated reflection nebula, about 2 light years across, located around 1200 light years from Earth. It got its unofficial name due to its spooky appearance, and the two waving ghostly figures left of the bright part in the image above.

The dark dust cloud on the right is a Bok-globule designated CB230, it is collapsing and a binary star sytem is in the early stages of formation over there, just visible through the dust as a ruddy glow.

The "amateur" image above totals 7 hours and 40 minutes of integration time. 4 x 10 minute integrations were made through each of the RGB filters, and 34 x 10 minute integrations were made through the luminance filter. All this was done on two separate nights in October, with a 40cm telescope, from Beilen, the Netherlands.
Copyright: Albert van Duin
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