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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Barnard 33 in bright nebula IC 434, the Horsehead Nebula in Orion

Barnard 33 in bright nebula IC 434, the Horsehead Nebula in Orion
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The Horsehead Nebula (also known as Barnard 33 in emission nebula IC 434) is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion. The nebula is located just to the south of the star Alnitak, which is furthest east on Orion's Belt, and is part of the much larger Orion Molecular Cloud Complex. The Horsehead Nebula is approximately 1500 light years from Earth.
Credit: Charles Shahar/Caltech/Digital Sky Survey 2
http://www.lightfigures.com/DSS2/

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