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NGC 1555 "Hinds Variable Nebula"

About this object

Discovered by John Russell Hind in 1852, Hinds variable nebula is just to the west of the variable star T-Tauri. T Tauri shines at magnitude 9-13 and is a fairly young star formed out of the cloud of dust which surrounds this area. The dust is faintly visible in the image just to the north of T-Tauri and extending south to the edge of the field. NGC 1555 is generally thought to be a reflection nebula which reflects the color of the star T-Tauri. The dust in this area is slowly being eaten away by radiation from the star. A dark hole appears surrounding the star which seems to indicate the continuation of this process.

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