The Orion Nebula in a new light




The Orion Nebula in a new light

Using the incredible power of the space telescope, ” Spitzer “, astronomers were able to create a new image of the Nebula of Orion. This well-known scientists nebula is located about 1,500 light years from Earth.

Image overlaid with the filter does not cover the entire Orion Nebula, and the only part of the length of 40 light years. Red tones on the pictures show the protostar, young stars that are not fully formed and are still in the enshrouding their “cocoons” of dust.

Experts say that the brightest part of the image – is scattered light from the Trapezium cluster, visible in the optical range. This area is characterized by a young and extremely bright blue stars. They emitted ultraviolet radiation ionizes the hydrogen nebula, causing it to glow brightly.

Orion Nebula can be seen in the night sky in the southern part of Orion’s Belt. This is one of the brightest clusters ever discovered by astronomers. What is interesting to watch him, you can even with the naked eye from Earth, but very beautiful cluster of looks that a telescope or binoculars. Other names nebula – MGC 1976 and Messier 42.
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