JOHN SANFORD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY JOHN SANFORD / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
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.
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