About the Image
- NOAO/AURA/NSF/A. Block/R. Steinberg
- Tom Megeath (Univ. of Toledo) Rob Gutermuth (SAO) Joe Hora (SAO) Lori Allen (SAO) Kevin Flaherty (Steward Obs.) John Stauffer (SSC) Lee Hartmann (Univ. of Michigan) James Muzerolle (Steward Obs.) Phil Myers (SAO) Nick Siegler (Steward Obs.) Erick Young (Steward Obs.) Giovanni Fazio (SAO)
About the Object
- Orion Nebula • Messier 42 • M42 • NGC 1976
- Nebula > Type > Star Formation
- 1,450 Light Years
- Position (J2000)
- RA = 5h 35m 16.3s
- Dec = -6° 0' 51.2"
- Field of View
- 0.8 x 1.4 degrees
- North is up
The Sword of Orion
This image shows a visible light view of the famous Orion nebula and its surrounding cloud, an industrious star-making region located near the hunter constellation's sword. The image is from the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, headquartered in Tucson, Ariz.
In addition to Orion, two other nebulas can be seen. The Orion nebula, or M42, is the largest and takes up the lower half of the image; the small nebula to the upper left of Orion is called M43; and the medium-sized nebula at the top is NGC 1977.
Above the Orion nebula, where the massive stars have not yet ejected much of the obscuring dust, the visible image appears dark with only a faint glow.
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