• Donna Sucilsky

    The final frontier. A new image everyday.

  • Drew Lee

    Dust of the Orion Nebula Image Credit & Copyright: Nicolás Villegas Explanation: 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. The Trapezium and other forming star clusters are embedded in the nebula. The intricate filaments of dust surrounding M42 and M43 appear brown in the above image, while central glowing gas is highlighted in red. Over the next few million years much of Orion's dust will be slowly destroyed by the very stars now being formed, or dispersed into the Galaxy.

More from this board


House of the Milky Way by Anton Yankov :)

The Fairy of Eagle Nebula

The Fairy of Eagle Nebula

A Sharp View of the Sun

M1: The Crab Nebula from Hubble

The Horsehead Nebula in Orion

IC 1805: The Heart Nebula

MWC 922: The Red Square Nebula


NGC 6960: The Witch's Broom Nebula

Supernova Remnant E0102-72

In, Through, and Beyond Saturn's Rings

Ghost of the Cepheus Flare

Star Forming Region S106

RCW 86: Historical Supernova Remnant

W5: Pillars of Star Formation

Light Echoes from V838 Mon

A Raging Storm System on Saturn

A Raging Storm System on Saturn

A Wide Field Image of the Galactic Center

Grand Spiral Galaxy NGC 1232

Ringside with Titan and Dione

NGC 6369: The Little Ghost Nebula