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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- The Clouds of Orion the Hunter
NASA ^ | March 16, 2015 | (see photo credit)

Posted on 03/16/2015 5:05:42 AM PDT by SunkenCiv

Explanation: Cradled in cosmic dust and glowing hydrogen, stellar nurseries in Orion the Hunter lie at the edge of giant molecular clouds some 1,500 light-years away. Spanning about 30 degrees, this breath-taking vista stretches across the well-known constellation from head to toe (left to right) and beyond. At 1,500 light years away, the Great Orion Nebula is the closest large star forming region, here visible just right and below center. To its left are the Horsehead Nebula, M78, and Orion's belt stars. Sliding your cursor over the picture will also find red giant Betelgeuse at the hunter's shoulder, bright blue Rigel at his foot, the Witch Head Nebula above -- and illuminated by -- Rigel, and the glowing Lambda Orionis (Meissa) nebula on the left, near Orion's head. Of course, the Orion Nebula and bright stars are easy to see with the unaided eye, but dust clouds and emission from the extensive interstellar gas in this nebula-rich complex, are too faint and much harder to record. In this mosaic of broadband telescopic images, additional image data acquired with a narrow hydrogen alpha filter was used to bring out the pervasive tendrils of energized atomic hydrogen gas like in the arc of the giant Barnard's Loop.

March 16, 2015

(Excerpt) Read more at 129.164.179.22 ...


TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: apod; astronomy; barnardsloop; greatorionnebula; horseheadnebula; lambdaorionis; m78; nebula; orion; orionsbelt; orionthehunter; rigel; science; witchheadnebula
[Credit and Copyright: Rogelio Bernal Andreo]

1 posted on 03/16/2015 5:05:42 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: SunkenCiv

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2 posted on 03/16/2015 5:09:11 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Liberals make unrealistic demands on reality and reality doesn't oblige them.)
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; dayglored; ...
Wow, nice!
The Big One

3 posted on 03/16/2015 5:12:24 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (What do we want? REGIME CHANGE! When do we want it? NOW!)
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To: SunkenCiv

O’Ryan the Hunter?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, FRiend! :-D


4 posted on 03/16/2015 6:33:51 AM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult

Thanks, now I have a new background.


5 posted on 03/16/2015 6:44:40 AM PDT by DungeonMaster (No one can come to me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.)
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To: SunkenCiv

Simply amazing! Great APOD, Mr. Civilizations.


6 posted on 03/16/2015 11:43:05 AM PDT by TheOldLady (Pray for Obama... Psalm 109:8 -- Look it up...... I donate monthly. Do you?)
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To: left that other site
Speaking of Orion, perhaps on St. Paddy's Day they'll have
something appropriately green...

http://www.treknews.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/orion-slave-girl-susan-oliver.jpg

7 posted on 03/16/2015 12:48:12 PM PDT by mikrofon (APOD Bump)
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To: mikrofon
LOL!
8 posted on 03/16/2015 5:41:54 PM PDT by left that other site (You shall know the Truth, and The Truth Shall Set You Free.)
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