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Infrared images of the Orion Nebula

Infrared images of the Orion Nebula

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K. KRISCIUNAS, ROYAL OBSERVATORY, EDINBURGH / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY K. KRISCIUNAS, ROYAL OBSERVATORY, EDINBURGH / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption

Infrared images of the Orion nebula (M42) taken at four different wavebands in order to show its various features. The top left frame (2.2 microns) shows areas where new stars are forming. The frame below (3.3 microns) shows emission from dust clouds heated by newborn stars. The bright area in the top right frame (2.166 microns) is emission from ionised hydrogen gas heated to 10,000 K by radiation from recently born stars.

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