APOD: photo by Farmakopoulos Antonis;  The California Nebula;  Is in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way, as does our Sun, about 1500 ly distance.  Also known as NGC 1499, is an emission nebula;  The bright star to the right is most likely providing the starlight that ionizes much of the nebula's gas; located in Perseus, not far from the Pleiades.

APOD: photo by Farmakopoulos Antonis; The California Nebula; Is in the Orion Arm of the Milky Way, as does our Sun, about 1500 ly distance. Also known as NGC 1499, is an emission nebula; The bright star to the right is most likely providing the starlight that ionizes much of the nebula's gas; located in Perseus, not far from the Pleiades.

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.

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.

Rigel and the Witch Head Nebula

Rigel and the Witch Head Nebula

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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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

man, stuck in infinity. the abyss.

man, stuck in infinity. the abyss.

LL Ori and the Orion Nebula

LL Ori and the Orion Nebula

LL Ori a mlhovina Orion

LL Ori a mlhovina Orion

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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.

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.

Nébuleuse d'Orion

Nébuleuse d'Orion

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