Horsehead and Flame nebulae

Horsehead and Flame nebulae

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Caption: Optical image of the Horsehead nebula (IC 434) in the constellation Orion. The smaller, more orange Flame nebula (NGC 2024) is at lower left. These nebulae are part of the Orion nebula complex, an enormous starbirth region some 1500 light years from Earth.
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Keywords: alnitak, astronomy, cosmology, deep sky, evolution, flame nebula, hii region, horsehead nebula, m42, ngc 1976, optical astronomy, orion nebula, science, star birth, starbirth, stellar formation, trapezium cluster

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