VDB 27

Dark nebula in Taurus

This detailed complex of dusty nebulae, illuminated by numerous stars, lies on the edge of the Taurus molecular cloud only 450 light years away.


recording data

object VDB 27
date of recording
29 and 30 December 2016
exposure 20 h, RGB: 400x180"
telescopes Celestron RASA F2.2, TS 65Q APO
focal length 620mm + 420mm
filter Baader Luminance 2", IDAS LPS D1
cameras Canon EOS 5Da MKII, Canon EOS 5D MKII (mono)
guiding 250mm guide scope, MGEN
mount Celestron CGE pro
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A rabbit
and young stars

The constellation Taurus is famous among astrophotographers for its dark clouds and reflection nebulae. The Pleiades are of course the most important representatives. A young, open cluster of stars full of blue nebulae, surrounded by cosmic dust. A little off the Pleiades, there is much more to discover. The region around VDB 27, which resembles a rabbit, impresses with a variety of structures and colours in yellow, blue and brown. These are the birthplaces of new stars in the huge Taurus Molecular Cloud.

Stars are formed on the cosmic scene, among them the very young star RY Tauri, who is to the far right of the picture. In fact, RY Tauri is a pre-main sequence star embedded in its birth cloud of gas and dust. The variable star is still relatively cool and in the late stages of gravitational collapse. It will soon become a stable, low-mass main sequence star, a stage of star development that our sun reached about 4.5 billion years ago. Another pre-main sequence star is V1023 Tauri, which is embedded in its yellowish dust cloud above the blue reflection nebula Ced 30.

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