Brian Davis took this photo of the Orion Nebula from a driveway in the suburbs of Sumter, S.C., over 3.5 hours on Jan. 1, 2012 using a QSI 583wsg camera,…Read More »
Stellarvue SVR105 4" APO Refractor telescope, mounted on a Celestron CGE. Davis sent the image in to SPACE.com on Oct. 8. The entire region of the sword of Orion can be seen in the photo. The Running Man Nebula, or NGC 1977, is visible to the left of the image. [Read the Story Behind This Photo Here] Less «
Once thought to be part of the Orion nebula, the star cluster NGC 1980 is actually a separate entity, scientists say. It appears around the brightest star…Read More »
seen at the bottom of this image, iota Ori. The disks around the star are the result of internal light reflection in the camera optics. Less «
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Outskirts of the Orion Nebula
Credit: Gemini Observatory/AURA
This image, obtained during the late commissioning phase of the GeMS adaptive optics system, with the Gemini South AO Imager (GSAOI) on the night of December…Read More »
28, 2012, reveals exquisite details in the outskirts of the Orion Nebula. Less «
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Detailed Views of the Orion Bullet Region
Credit: Gemini Observatory/AURA
In each image pair, left is the Altair 2007 image and right is the new 2012 GeMS image. This close-up view emphasizes the gain realized by MCAO and GeMS compared to normal AO (Altair).
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The Splendor of Orion: A Star Factory Unveiled
Credit: NASA, ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team
This new Hubble image of the Orion Nebula shows dense pillars of gas and dust that may be the homes of fledgling stars, and hot, young, massive stars that…Read More »
have emerged from their cocoons and are shaping the nebula with powerful ultraviolet light. Less «
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SOFIA Image of Orion Nebula
Credit: SOFIA image: James De Buizer/NASA/DLR/USRA/DSI/FORCAST; Spitzer image: NASA/JPL
This image compares two infrared pictures of the heart of the Orion nebula captured by the FORCAST camera on the SOFIA airborne observatory's telescope…Read More »
with a wider image of the same area from NASA's Spitzer space telescope. Less «
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Cosmic Bullets Pierce Space Cloud
Credit: Gemini Observatory
This composite image at infrared wavelengths shows the Orion nebula "bullets" as blue features and represents the light emitted by hot iron gas. The light…Read More »
from the wakes, shown in orange, is from excited hydrogen gas.
Each bullet is about ten times the size of Pluto's orbit around the Sun and travels through the clouds at up to 250 miles (400 kilometers) per second-or about a thousand times faster than the speed of sound. Less «
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Credit: ESO and Igor Chekalin
This new image of the Orion Nebula was captured using the Wide Field Imager camera on the MPG/ESO 2.2-meter telescope at the La Silla Observatory in Chile.
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Famous Orion Nebula Closer Than Thought
Credit: Bill Saxton, NRAO/AUI/NSF
Trigonometric Parallax method determines distance to star by measuring its slight
shift in apparent position as seen from opposite ends of Earth's orbit.
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Twin Stars Born 500,000 Years Apart
Credit: NASA-JPL-STScI/David James.
The two identical twin stars (inset) called Par 1802 appear as a single point of light, because they are so close to each other in the Orion Nebula (background).
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New Close-up Shows Binary Stars in Orion’s Heart
Left: Zooming into the center of the Orion star-forming region with the four bright Trapezium stars (Theta1 Orionis A-D). The dominant star is Theta1 Orionis…Read More »
C, which was imaged with unprecedented resolution with the VLT interferometer (lower right). Right: The orbit of the binary system (grey line). The size of the orbit of Jupiter around our sun is shown for comparison. Collage: MPIfR (Stefan Kraus), ESO, NASA,HST. Less «
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'Space Jellyfish' and Cosmic Blobs Seen by Hubble Telescope
Credit: NASA/ESA and L. Ricci (ESO)
This new atlas features 30 proplyds, or protoplanetary discs, that were recently discovered in the majestic Orion Nebula using the Hubble Space Telescope.
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New Image Penetrates Heart of Orion Nebula
Credit: ESO/J. Emerson/VISTA. Acknowledgment: Cambridge Astronomical Survey Unit
This wide-field view of the Orion Nebula (Messier 42), lying about 1350 light-years from Earth, was taken with the VISTA infrared survey telescope at ESO’s…Read More »
Paranal Observatory in Chile. The new telescope’s huge field of view allows the whole nebula and its surroundings to be imaged in a single picture and its infrared vision also means that it can peer deep into the normally hidden dusty regions and reveal the curious antics of the very active young stars buried there. Less «
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Hot New Stars Take Center Stage in Cosmic Photo
A colony of hot, young stars is stirring up the cosmic scene in this new picture from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope released on April 1, 2010. Full story.
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Star-Formation Details Seen in New Images
Credit: ESA/LFI & HFI Consortia
An active star-formation region in the Orion nebula, as seen by Planck. This image covers a region of 13x13 degrees. It is a three-color combination constructed…Read More »
from three of Planck's nine frequency channels: 30, 353 and 857 GHz. Less «
Top: near-infrared image of the Orion nebula. The massive stars are in the bright region. Bottom: Zoom on the region of the waves shown at mid-infrared…Read More »
(green), and radio wavelengths (red). The mid-infrared component shows the emission of warm small dust particles, while the radio emission comes from the cold gas. Each inset corresponds to a different velocity of the gas, observed with the IRAM 30m radio-telescope. Less «
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Orion Knows How to Turn on the FIreworks!
Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image of the Orion Nebula shows the spectacular region around an object known as Herbig-Haro 502, a very small part…Read More »
of the vast stellar nursery. The glow of the nebula fills the image and, just left of center, a star embedded in a pinkish glow can be also seen. This object, Herbig-Haro 502, is an example of a very young star surrounded by the cloud of gas from which it formed. Less «
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Orion, Brightest Winter Constellation
Credit: Starry Night Software
Orion is the brightest and most beautiful of the winter constellations. Some of its stars, including Betelgeuse and Rigel, are among the brightest stars.
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Orion from Viking View
Credit: P-M Hedén/TWAN
Skywatcher Per-Magnus Heden wondered if the Vikings gazed at the same starry sky, which includes the constellation Orion at bottom, when he took this photo in Feb. 2011.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/S.T. Megeaty (Univ. of Toledo,OH).
This infrared image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope shows the Orion nebula, the closest massive star-making factory to Earth.
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Orion Nebula Seen by Herschel and Spitzer
This new view of the Orion Nebula shows embryonic stars within extensive gas and dust clouds. Combining far-infrared observations from the Herschel Space…Read More »
Observatory and mid-infrared observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, the image shows newly forming stars surrounded by remnant gas and dust in the form of discs and larger envelopes. Image released Feb. 29, 2012 Less «