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Stars and stellar evolution
The Orion Nebula (M42)
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Photo taken by the Hubble Space Telescope

This dramatic image offers a detailed view inside the vast Orion Nebula (M42) — a nearby, turbulent, star-forming region.

Facts of interest about the image

The Orion nebula is a picture book of star formation, allowing astronomers to study stars of all types and sizes in one location. More than 3,000 stars appear in this image alone. The stars in this stellar nursery are all about 2 million years old.

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