Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Orion nebula

Image of Orion nebula in an explosion of infrared, ultraviolet and visible-light colors from NASA's Spitzer and Hubble Space Telescopes. (Click the photograph.)

Located nearly 1,500 light-years away from Earth, the Orion nebula is the brightest spot in the sword of the hunter constellation. The cosmic cloud is also our closest massive star-formation factory, and astronomers suspect that it contains about 1,000 young stars

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/T. Megeath (University of Toledo) & M. Robberto (STScI)

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