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M42 and the Running Man The great Orion nebula and the running man nebula in a wide angle view. Photo Credit: Luis Argerich

and the Running Man The great Orion nebula and the running man nebula in a wide angle view.

Dense core of the Orion Nebula ~ About three million years old, the Orion Nebula was even more compact in its younger years and runaway stellar collisions long ago formed a black hole with more than 100 times the mass of the Sun. The Orion Nebula's distance of some 1,500 light-years would make it the closest known black hole to planet Earth.

Dense core of the Orion Nebula. The Orion Nebula's distance of some light-years would make it the closest known black hole to planet Earth.

The Starry Dragon | Interstellar dust clouds and bright nebulae abound in the fertile  constellation of Orion. One of the brightest, M78, is just under of center in this colorful telescopic view  covering an area north of Orion's belt. At a distance of about 1,500 light-years, the bluish nebula itself is about 5 light-years across.

Were I with thee Wild Nights should be Our luxury!” — Emily Dickinson, excerpt of 249 : Wild Nights

Barnard's Loop (catalogue designation Sh 2-276) is an emission nebula in the constellation of Orion. It is part of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex which also contains the dark Horsehead and bright Orion nebulae. The loop takes the form of a large arc centered approximately on the Orion Nebula. The stars within the Orion Nebula are believed to be responsible for ionizing the loop.

Barnard's Loop (catalogue designation Sh 2-276) is an emission nebula in the constellation of Orion. It is part of the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex which also contains the dark Horsehead and bright Orion nebulae. The loop takes the form of a large arc centered approximately on the Orion Nebula. The stars within the Orion Nebula are believed to be responsible for ionizing the loop.

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Orion Nebula in Oxygen, Hydrogen, and Sulfur Image Credit: César Blanco González

Orion Nebula

Orion Nebula

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