Dust in the Orion Nebula

APOD: 2012 January 31 - The Helix Nebula from the VISTA Telescope

The Orion Nebula

The Flowering Of Orion

weareallstarstuff: Orion Nebula

Orion Nebula

M42, Orion Nebula

'Soap Bubble Nebula'

Abstract Art Found in the Orion Nebula


Orion nebula

Clouds of glowing gas mingle with dust lanes in the Trifid Nebula, a star forming region toward the constellation of the Archer (Sagittarius). In the center, the three prominent dust lanes that give the Trifid its name all come together. Mountains of opaque dust appear on the right, while other dark filaments of dust are visible threaded throughout the nebula.

The "Dumbbell Nebula," a hint of the future of our sun.

Great Nebula of Orion

The Magnificent Horsehead Nebula. Sculpted by stellar winds and radiation, a magnificent interstellar dust cloud by chance has assumed this recognizable shape. Fittingly named the Horsehead Nebula, it is some 1,500 light-years distant, embedded in the vast Orion cloud complex. About five light-years "tall", the dark cloud is cataloged as Barnard 33 and is visible only because its obscuring dust is silhouetted against the glowing red emission nebula IC 434.

Butterfly Nebula (Hubble)

Orion Nebula in Surrounding Dust. What surrounds a hotbed of star formation? In the case of the Orion Nebula -- dust. The entire Orion field, located about 1600 light years away, is inundated with intricate and picturesque filaments of dust. Opaque to visible light, dust is created in the outer atmosphere of massive cool stars and expelled by a strong outer wind of particles.

Orion Nebula (Hubble Telescope) Worked at the Hansen Planetarium, and this is my favorite nebula. And yes, I am a geek!

Visible in this image are dense knots of dark interstellar dust, bright stars that have formed in the past few million years, fields of glowing hydrogen gas ionized by these stars, and great loops of gas expelled by dying stars.