Optical photograph of the Horsehead Nebula

Optical photograph of the Horsehead Nebula

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Credit: RONALD ROYER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Optical photograph of the Horsehead Nebula, which is seen silhouetted against the wispy red emission nebula IC 434. Above it are the bright star zeta Orionis & the circular nebula NGC 2024.

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Keywords: astronomy, cosmology, evolution, horsehead nebula, ic 434 (red emission nebula), ngc 2024, optical astronomy, orionis, science, star birth, starbirth, stellar formation

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