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Orion Nebula - M42

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This image depicts what NASA calls “M42: Inside the Orion Nebula.” Click on the image to see an even-more sensational view of the photo.

NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) website tells us more about this image:

The Great Nebula in Orion, an immense, nearby star-birth region, is probably the most famous of all astronomical nebulas. Here, glowing gas surrounds hot young stars at the edge of an immense interstellar molecular cloud only 1500 light-years away.

In the above deep image in assigned colors highlighted by emission in oxygen and hydrogen, wisps and sheets of dust and gas are particularly evident.

The Great Nebula in Orion can be found with the unaided eye near the easily identifiable belt of three stars in the popular constellation Orion. In addition to housing a bright open cluster of stars known as the Trapezium, the Orion Nebula contains many stellar nurseries. These nurseries contain much hydrogen gas, hot young stars, proplyds, and stellar jets spewing material at high speeds.

Also known as M42, the Orion Nebula spans about 40 light years and is located in the same spiral arm of our Galaxy as the Sun. 

NASA provides another view “Inside Orion” with this image (by R. Villaverde, Hubble Legacy Archive, NASA):

Click on the top image for a better view.


Media Credits

Image Credit & Copyright: Reinhold Wittich, all rights reserved; online, via NASA.  Image provided here as fair use for educational purposes and to acquaint new viewers with Reinhold Wittich’s work.

 

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