Nebula NGC 1999
This Hubble Space Telescope image of NGC 1999 shows an example of a reflection nebula. A reflection nebula shines only because the light from a star illuminates its dust. The nebula itself does not emit any visible light of its own. NGC 1999 is located close to the famous Orion Nebula, about 1,500 light-years from Earth. This is a region of our Milky Way galaxy where new stars are currently being formed. NGC 1999 is illuminated by a bright, young star which is visible just to the left of center. This star's white color is due to its high surface temperature of about 10,000 degrees Celsius.
NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI)