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The Splendor of the Orion Nebula (Photos)

'Space Jellyfish' and Cosmic Blobs Seen by Hubble Telescope

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.

New Image Penetrates Heart of Orion Nebula

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 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.

Hot New Stars Take Center Stage in Cosmic Photo

NASA/JPL-Caltech

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.

Star-Formation Details Seen in New Images

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 from three of Planck's nine frequency channels: 30, 353 and 857 GHz.

Young Stars Blamed for Space Cloud Ripples

NASA-JPL & Caltech, ESO-VISTA [Full Story]

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 (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.

Orion Knows How to Turn on the FIreworks!

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 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.

Orion, Brightest Winter Constellation

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.

Orion from Viking View

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.

Orion Unveiled: Spitzer Telescope Spies Nebula’s Infrared Secrets

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.

Orion Nebula Seen by Herschel and Spitzer

ESA/PACS/NASA/JPL-Caltech/IRAM

This new view of the Orion Nebula shows embryonic stars within extensive gas and dust clouds. Combining far-infrared observations from the Herschel Space 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

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