APOD: M78: Stardust and Starlight (2013 Oct 10)

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APOD: M78: Stardust and Starlight (2013 Oct 10)

Post by APOD Robot » Thu Oct 10, 2013 4:07 am

Image M78: Stardust and Starlight

Explanation: Interstellar dust clouds and bright nebulae abound in the fertile constellation of Orion. One of the brightest, M78, is just left of center in this colorful telescopic view, covering an area north of Orion's belt. At a distance of about 1,500 light-years, the bluish nebula itself is about 5 light-years across. Its blue tint is due to dust preferentially reflecting the blue light of hot, young stars in the region. Dark dust lanes and other nebulae can easily be traced through this gorgeous skyscape. The scene also includes the remarkable McNeil's Nebula -- a newly recognized nebula associated with the formation of a sun-like star, and the telltale reddish glow of many Herbig- Haro objects, energetic jets from stars in the process of formation.

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Re: APOD: M78: Stardust and Starlight (2013 Oct 10)

Post by Beyond » Thu Oct 10, 2013 4:20 am

cough-cough, time to get the Hoover out again. That Orion fellow sure is dusty.
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Re: APOD: M78: Stardust and Starlight (2013 Oct 10)

Post by Ann » Thu Oct 10, 2013 4:34 am

That's a really lovely picture! :D :D :D

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Re: APOD: M78: Stardust and Starlight (2013 Oct 10)

Post by neufer » Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:30 pm

APOD Robot wrote:
The scene also includes the remarkable McNeil's Nebula -- a newly recognized nebula associated with the formation of a sun-like star, and the telltale reddish glow of many Herbig- Haro objects, energetic jets from stars in the process of formation.
It would be a real help if you would make the arrow point towards the remarkable McNeil's Nebula.

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Re: APOD: M78: Stardust and Starlight (2013 Oct 10)

Post by Beyond » Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:59 pm

"It" would.
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