NGC 1514 is a planetary nebula that was discovered by William Herschel on November 13th, 1790,
describing it "A most singular phaenomenon" and forcing him to rethink his ideas on the construction
of the heavens. Up until this point Herschel was convinced that all nebulae consisted of masses of
stars too remote to resolve, but now here was a single star "surrounded with a faintly luminous
atmosphere." He went on to conclude "Our judgement I may venture to say, will be, that the
nebulosity about the star is not of a starry nature".
It has since been conjectured that the nebula in fact envelops a tightly orbiting double star
with a period of up to 10 days. Gas is presumably expanding away from the larger star of the pair.
NGC 1514 is also known as Crystal Ball Nebula. [Text from WIKIPEDIA]