The Universe Today : The Orion Nebula

The Orion Nebula is a region fill of hot gas and dust which are materials essential for forming new stars. The nebula is lit up by four massive hot stars lying near it’s center which give the nebula it’s unique appearance. These 4 stars are less than a million years old and share the nebula with 700 other stars of various ages.

We processed today’s picture of the Orion Nebula to show off some of it’s features. In the picture below the nebula glows red showing the light from hydrogen gas clouds being created by the formation of new stars.

The image below was processed by

Orion Nebula 13th March 2011 (Click to Enlarge)

~ by sydneystargazers on March 13, 2011.

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