This dramatic image offers a detailed view inside the vast Orion Nebula (M42) — a nearby, turbulent, star-forming region.
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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Hubblesite press release: Hubble Panoramic View of Orion Nebula Reveals Thousands of Stars
Hubblesite video: Flight through the Orion Nebula in Visible and Infrared Light
Hubblesite video: The Orion Nebula: Infrared and Visible Views