IC 63 — nicknamed the Ghost Nebula — is about 550 light-years from Earth.
The nebula is classified as both a reflection nebula —
as it is reflecting the light of a nearby star — and as an emission nebula —
as it releases hydrogen-alpha radiation.
Both effects are caused by the gigantic star Gamma Cassiopeiae. The radiation of this star is also slowly causing the nebula to dissipate.