NGC 2626 along the Vela Molecular Ridge
colorful cosmic canvas,
NGC 2626 is a beautiful,
bright, blue reflection nebula in the southern Milky Way.
Next to an obscuring dust cloud and
surrounded by reddish hydrogen emission from large
H II region
RCW 27 it lies within a complex of
molecular clouds known as the
Vela Molecular Ridge.
is itself a cloud of interstellar dust
reflecting blue light from the young hot embedded star
visible within the nebula.
reveal many other young stars
and associated nebulae in the star-forming region.
NGC 2626 is about 3,200 light-years away.
At that distance this telescopic field of view would span
about 30 light-years along the
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Publications with keywords: reflection nebula - molecular cloud
Publications with words: reflection nebula - molecular cloud