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An APEX view of star formation in the Orion Nebula This dramatic new image of…

This dramatic new image of cosmic clouds in the constellation of Orion reveals what seems to be a fiery ribbon in the sky. This orange glow represents faint light coming from grains of cold interstellar dust, at wavelengths too long for human eyes.

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“ This is a deep image of the Sword of Orion - the three stars that make up the weapon hanging off the belt of this famous celestial hunter. The image showcases the amazing mix of physical and optical.

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M 42 The Orion Nebula V12.0 | by astrochuck

(…) it wasn’t possible any longer to stare at heaven and not be destroyed. - Louise Glück, from Trillium in “The Wild Iris”


The famous Horsehead Nebula is about light-years from Earth, in the constellation Orion. The nebula is located just to the south of the star Alnitak, which is farthest east on Orion's Belt, and is part of the much larger Orion Molecular Cloud Complex.