The Great Nebula in Orion is a intriguing place.
Visible to the unaided eye, it appears as a small
fuzzy patch in the
constellation of Orion.
this image, an illusory-color composite of four colors of
infrared light taken with the
WISE observatory, shows the
to be a bustling neighborhood or recently formed stars,
hot gas, and dark dust.
The power behind much of the
Orion Nebula (M42) is the stars of the
Trapezium star cluster, seen
near the center of the
above wide field image.
The eerie green glow surrounding the
bright stars pictured here is their own
by intricate dust filaments that
cover much of the region.
Orion Nebula cloud complex, which
will slowly disperse over the next 100,000 years.