Orion nebula

Orion nebula

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Credit: FRED ESPENAK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: False-colour optical photograph of the Orion Nebula (M42), a bright cloud of gas & dust where stars are in the process of forming. Located 1600 light years away in the constellation of Orion, M42's fan-shaped traceries are spread out over 15 light years of space. Ultraviolet radiation from the hot, young stars embedded in the nebula ionises the surrounding gas, causing it to glow.

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Keywords: astronomy, cosmology, evolution, m42, orion nebula, science, star birth, starbirth, stellar formation

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