Orion Nebula and Horsehead Nebula

Orion Nebula and Horsehead Nebula

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Caption: Optical photograph of part of the Orion region of the sky, showing the Orion Nebula (M42) at bottom, the Horsehead Nebula at centre left, & the three stars forming Orion's Belt at top. The Orion Nebula is a bright cloud of gas & dust lit up by recently formed stars. The Horsehead is a dark dust cloud which protrudes into the diffuse pink nebula known as IC 434. Schmidt camera. 1979.

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Keywords: astronomy, cosmology, evolution, horsehead nebula, ic 434, m42, ngc 1976, optical astronomy, orion nebula, orion's belt, science, star birth, starbirth, stellar formation

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