Sunday, 28 December 2014

The Orion Nebula

The Orion Nebula is a fuzzy area among the stars of Orion's sword, which is seen below the three Belt Stars.

To the naked eye, it looks like a star in the sword.

With binoculars or a telescope, it is actually a large glowing cloud of material. 

This nebula is about 1630 light years away. 

Many newborn stars shine on the gas cloud that they collapsed from.

This makes the gas glow.

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