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Bright cloud of gas & dust

Bright cloud of gas & dust

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HALE OBSERVATORIES / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY HALE OBSERVATORIES / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

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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