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Orion Nebula in Oxygen, Hydrogen, and Sulfur Image Credit Copyright: César Blanco González, The Orion Nebula spans about 40 light years and is located about 1500 light years away in the same spiral arm of our Galaxy as the Sun. The Great Nebula in Orion can be found with the unaided eye just below and to the left of the easily identifiable belt of three stars in the popular constellation Orion. The above image shows the nebula in 3 colors specifically emitted by hydrogen, oxygen sulfur gas.
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Ken Croswell, Scientific American: A vast ring of dust may explain the star-generating Orion Nebula's birth. Caption: STAR CREATOR: The Orion Nebula, which has spawned thousands of stars, may owe its existence to massive stars that lived and died long before its birth. Credit: Hubble Space Telescope. NASA, ESA, M. Robberto (STScI/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team.