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The Orion Nebula, 1995.

The Orion Nebula, 1995.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 30cm x 32cm


This spectacular colour panorama of the center the Orion nebula is one of the largest pictures ever asembled from individual images taken with NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. The picture, seamlesly composited from a mosaic of 15 separate fields, covers an area of sky about five percent the area covered by the full Moon. The seemingly infinite tapestry of rich detail revealed by Hubble shows a churning turbulent star factory set within a maelstrom of flowing, luminescent gas. Though this 2.5 light-years wide view is still a small portion of the entire nebula, it includes almost all of the light from the bright glowing clouds of gas and a star cluster asociated with the nebula.

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