Every day NASA posts a new astronomy-related picture to their site. I am going to bring them to you in case you forget.
Today’s image is a peek inside of the Orion Nebula by Reinhold Wittich.
Explanation: The Great Nebula in Orion, an immense, nearby starbirth region, is probably the most famous of all astronomical nebulas. Here, glowing gas surrounds hot young stars at the edge of an immenseinterstellar molecular cloud only 1500 light-years away. In the above deep image in assigned colors highlighted by emission in oxygen and hydrogen, wisps and sheets of dust and gas are particularly evident. The Great Nebula in Orion can be found with the unaided eye near the easily identifiable belt of three stars in the popular constellationOrion. In addition to housing a bright open cluster of stars known as theTrapezium, the Orion Nebula contains many stellar nurseries. These nurseries contain much hydrogen gas, hot young stars, proplyds, and stellar jets spewing material at high speeds. Also known as M42, theOrion Nebula spans about 40 light years and is located in the same spiral arm of our Galaxy as the Sun.
Image Credit & Copyright: Reinhold Wittich