Definitions for "Reflection nebula"
An interstellar cloud containing dust that shines by light reflected from a nearby star. A to F | G to L | M to R | S to Z
Dust and gas reflecting light from stars close by.
type of nebula that is cool and shines because the dust within scatters the light from nearby or embedded stars. Hence, the cloud is not self luminous. Spectra of reflection nebulae mimic the spectra of the nearby stars since the dust within scatters ("reflects") starlight, though the blue starlight is scattered more effectively than the redder colors.