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The Valley of Orion
Up close and personal with a famous stellar nursery
from 1,500 light-years away, the digitally modeled
frame transitions from a visible light representation based on
Hubble data on the left to infrared data from the
Spitzer Space Telescope on the right.
The perspective at the center looks along a valley over a
light-year wide, in the wall of the region’s giant molecular cloud.
Orion’s valley ends in a cavity carved by the energetic winds
and radiation of the massive central stars of the
Trapezium star cluster.
The single frame is part of a multiwavelength, three-dimensional video
that lets the viewer experience an immersive,
minute flight through the Great Nebula of Orion.
Tomorrow’s picture: light-dark Mars
Authors & editors:
Jerry Bonnell (UMCP)
NASA Official: Phillip Newman
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Read More: APOD: 2020 August 28 – The Valley of Orion