The bright bluish star shown here is Gamma Cassiopeiae. It is
currently evaporating two nearby clouds of gas- IC 59 and IC 63. The
leading edges of these clouds glow strongly in the intense bath of
radiation from this hot star. Hints of bluish light behind the
front lines of these nebulae show a bit of scattered light. Astronomically
speaking, these clouds don't have much more time and will soon be blown
away into the interstellar medium.
|L R G B color production was used to create this image.||
Minimum credit line: Tom Bash and John Fox/Adam Block/NOAO/AURA/NSF
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