Few if any astronomical sites are as spectacular as the Orion Nebula. The Orion Nebula highlights the winter sky. The nebula's glowing gases excite hot young stars at the edge of an immense molecular cloud. Sweeping lanes of dust, red glowing hydrogen, cyan hues from ionized oxygen, and blue tinted dust highlight the image. At the very center of the gas cloud the 4 stars of the famous trapezium can be found. They provide the ultraviolet radiation which illuminates the huge nebula located 1600 light years away.

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