Astrophotography of the Orion nebula. Also called M42 or NGC 1976, the Orion nebula is one of the brightest seen from our planet being only about 1,350 light years away. Skywatchers and astral photographers alike love this celestial body as it is visible with the naked eye, forming the middle of the Hunter’s sword.
Toward the top is the Dark Bay, formed by a cloud of non-ionized neutral gas. The ultraviolet light in the middle of the nebula is caused by doubly-ionized oxygen and a large amount of hydrogen with a sprinkling of star dust. Really! On our astrophotography expeditions and workshops, these celestial bodies are regularly captured in all their glory.
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