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    Orion Nebula, 15,000 light years away, taken by Spitzer Space Telescope, showing bright center know as the Trapezium Cluster

  • Jim Sharp

    Spitzer's Orion Few cosmic vistas excite the imagination like the Orion Nebula, an immense stellar nursery some 1,500 light-years away. This stunning false-color view spans about 40 light-years across the region, constructed using infrared data from the Spitzer Space Telescope. Compared to its visual wavelength appearance, the brightest portion of the nebula is likewise centered on Orion's young, massive, hot stars, known as the Trapezium Cluster...

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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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Chaos in the heart of the Orion Nebula. Baby stars form in this cosmic cloud 1,500 light-years away. Credit: NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes.

The Ghost Nebula, spanning two light-years, and 2000 light-years distant from Earth. Credit: Hubble Heritage Team

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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.