Image Credit & Copyright: Jerry Lodriguss (Catching the Light )
Explanation: The mysterious blue reflection nebula found in catalogs as VdB 152 or Ced 201 really is very faint. It lies at the tip of the long dark nebula  Barnard 175 in a dusty complex that has also been called Wolf’s Cave . The cosmic apparitions are nearly 1,400 light-years away along the northern Milky Way in the royal constellation  Cepheus. Near the edge of a large molecular cloud, pockets of interstellar dust in the region block light from background stars or scatter light from the embedded bright star giving the the nebula its characteristic blue color . Ultraviolet light from the star is also thought  to cause a dim reddish luminescence  in the nebular dust. Though stars do form in molecular clouds , this star seems to have only accidentally wandered into the area, as its measured velocity through space is very different from the cloud’s velocity. This deep telescopic image  of the region spans about 7 light-years.