Object NGC 1999 (LBN 979) is the emission nebula and reflection nebula in the constellation Orion. He is one of these in the original version of the new general catalog. This nebula was first discovered by October 5, 1785 the famous English astronomer William Herschel, German-born.
Nebula NGC 1999 is a bright nebula, despite the fact that it is filled with dust.
May 11, 2010 with the telescope "Herschel" next to the nebula was discovered empty space, almost a hole in space. This discovery will help researchers to obtain new information about processes of star birth.
Previously such clearly pronounced void in the sky astronomer noticed. Recently, they have decided to once again scrutinize unusual nebula in the constellation Orion and its neighboring "emptiness." For these purposes, the researchers used APEX telescope of the European Southern Observatory, located in the Atacama Desert. After his long-term observations, scientists were very surprised to see that the space is clearly a hole even in infrared color.
According to scientists, the culprit of the voids near the nebula NGC 1999 is the star V380 Orionis. In fact, this is a triple star system, which produces the polar jets, which, in turn, can form a void space in the nebula in the constellation Orion.