M42 - The Great Nebula in Orion The Orion Nebula complex is undoubtedly one of the most famous and beautiful areas of the entire night sky. It is easily visible to the unaided eye from a dark location as a patch of brightness surrounding Theta Orionis, the middle star in the s
The Great Nebula in Orion, an immense, nearby star birth region, is probably the most famous of all astronomical nebulas. Here, glowing gas surrounds hot young stars at the edge of an immense interstellar molecular cloud only 1500 light-years away. In the above deep image composite in assigned colours taken by the Hubble Space Telescope wisps and sheets of dust and gas are particularly evident.