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    Dust in the Orion Nebula

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    Orion Nebula

    M42: Inside the Orion Nebula

    Orion Nebula

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    ✯✯✯Outer Space -n- shit!!✯✯✯

    This photo from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope shows an ominous pillar of gas and dust known as the Cone Nebula. The image shows the top portion of the nebula that is 2.5 light years in height. The Cone Nebula is 2,500 light-years from Earth in the Monoceros constellation. The red halo of light seen around the pillar is caused when ultraviolet radiation causes hydrogen gas in the nebula to glow.

    Star Formation in the Tarantula Nebula: "The largest, most violent star forming region known in the whole Local Group of galaxies lies in our neighboring galaxy the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC). Were the Tarantula Nebula at the distance of the Orion Nebula -- a local star forming region -- it would take up fully half the sky." (APOD 2012 May 16)

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

    NGC 7023: The Iris Nebula Image Credit & Copyright: Jimmy Walker

    This is the Carina Nebula, an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen, helium and other ionized gases. It lies within our own Milky Way galaxy, about 6,500-10,000 light-years from Earth. Like many nebulae, it is a star-forming region, and contains two of the most massive and luminous stars in our galaxy, along with multiple O-type stars. Our galaxy itself is estimated to contain 200-400 billion stars, and roughly ten times as many planets.

    The Keyhole Nebula (which is also known as the Carina Nebula or NGC 3372) is a glowing cloud of gas, dust, and stars some 8000 light years distant toward the constellation Carina. The Keyhole Nebula contains both bright regions that glow by means of fluorescence emission from ionized gas, and dark regions that obscure background light by means of dense molecular gas and dust.

    Valentine's day! Orion Nebula ...

    The Orion Nebula

    Pictured above as a star forming region cataloged as NGC 2264, the complex jumble of cosmic gas and dust is about 2,700 light-years distant and mixes reddish emission nebulae excited by energetic light from newborn stars with dark interstellar dust clouds. Where the otherwise obscuring dust clouds lie close to the hot, young stars they also reflect starlight, forming blue reflection nebulae.

    The Ring Nebula

    Antares and Clouds -- Image Credit & Copyright: Ivan Eder

    Imaged by California-based skywatcher Larry Van Vleet, the pic shows a giant bubble of glowing gas being blown in the nebula NGC 7635, also known as the Bubble Nebula.

    A Beautiful Trifid Image Credit & Copyright: R Jay Gabany The beautiful Trifid Nebula is a cosmic study... aka M20, it lies about 5,000 LYrs away 2ward the nebula rich constellation Sagittarius. A star forming region in the plane of r galaxy, the Trifid illustrates 3 diff types of astronomical nebulae; red emission nebulae dominated by light emitted by hydrogen atoms, blue reflection nebulae produced by dust reflecting starlight, and dark nebulae where dense dust clouds appear in silhouette.

    NGC 6888 - Crescent Nebula, is a cosmic bubble about 25 ly across, blown by winds from its central, bright, massive star. NGC 6888's central star is classified as a Wolf-Rayet star (WR 136). NGC 6888 is about 5000 ly away in the constellation Cygnus.