Horsehead Nebula of Orion

In Images by Matt Shetzer

Horsehead Nebula of Orion

The Horsehead nebula of Orion is aptly named as it resembles a horse’s head and neck when viewed from Earth, making this one of the most recognizable nebulae in the sky. Known as a dark nebula since the high concentrations of dust block out background light.

Also referred to as Barnard 33, after American astronomer Edward Emerson Barnard the person credited with first discovering this nebula. This cosmic feature is about 1,500 light years from Earth and rests just below Orion’s belt in the night sky.

Astrophotography from skywatching session during photo workshop.

Stock Image #20180122-105455

Horsehead Nebula of Orion was last modified: June 5th, 2018 by Matt Shetzer