Object name: VDB027
Designation(s): VDB027, GN04.18.8, BARNARD214,
The variable star RY Tauri is the apparent light source of the reflection nebula vdB 27, also known as GN 04.18.8. Many wide-field images of the region are on the net but few go in for a close up like I did so miss the fine wave-like structure in the nebula. It's on the edge of the Taurus molecular cloud that's a rich source of objects like this. So much so most images are wide-field to capture several of them. Not having such a scope set up for such imaging I had to settle for just one at a time. Hipparcos puts the star and hence the nebula at about 435 light years from us. The spectral type of the star varies from F8Ve to K1Ve. This is due to its struggle to move from a protostar getting its energy from gravitational collapse to the main sequence where its energy comes from fusing hydrogen into helium. It's considered to be a T Tauri type star so at that stage of growing up to become an "adult" star.