The Orion Nebula, also known as Messier 42, M42, or NGC 1976) is located just south of Orion’s Belt. It is one of the brightest nebulae, which is a term for an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen gas, helium gas, and other ionized gases, and can be seen from the naked eye during the night. The nebula is noted as the middle “star” in the sword of the Orion, consisting of three stars. The nebula is actually one of the most photographed and studied celestial features.
An image of the Orion Nebula Cluster can be seen here.
The Orion Nebula is part of a region which is the most recent group of star formations in our galaxy. The Orion Nebula is thought to be only 300,000 years old, a very new development in the context of the universe.
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