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Astronomy Picture of the Day Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronom...

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The Orion Nebula spans about 40 light years and is located about 1500 light years away in the same spiral arm of our Galaxy as the Sun.

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LOOK: Here Are The 27 Most Mind-Blowing Space Photos Of 2013

Part of the larger constellation Orion, the Horsehead Nebula is captured in infrared wavelengths for the first time. (Image courtesy STScI/AURA/ESA/NASA) See more of the week's best space photos: http://on.natgeo.com/11CwnUo

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The Great Nebula in Orion is a intriguing place. Visible to the unaided eye, it appears as a small fuzzy patch in the constellation of Orion. But this image, an illusory-color composite of four colors of infrared light taken with the Earth orbiting WISE observatory, shows the Orion Nebula to be a bustling neighborhood or recently formed stars, hot gas, and dark dust.

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od Bryon Gloden, CISSP®

June 09, 2016 at 12:46AM

Media by Bryon Gloden CISSP published June 09 2016 at 01:05AM

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See Explanation. Clicking on the picture will download the highest resolution version available.

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The Carina Nebula (NGC 3324) is a 3-light-year tall pillar of gas and dust surrounding several clusters of stars. Eta Carina & HD 93129A, two of the most massive & luminous stars in the Milky Way, are among them. About 10,000 ly away, it is one of the largest nebulae ever seen (larger & brighter than the Orion nebula) the top is a 3-ly-tall pillar of cool hydrogen being worn away by the radiation of nearby stars. Carina Constellation

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