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Spitzer's Gallery

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Thursday, January 16, 2014/Categories: photography, space science

JPL has released a stunning photography of the Orion Nebulae captured by the Spitzer space telescope. The detail is impressive and the photograph could hang on any art gallery wall.

The Orion Nebulae is an immense stellar nursery and the Spitzer camera used infrared light to capture the image. Massive, young stars, the Trapezium Cluster are white and centered within the nebula's gas clouds. The photograph also captured protostars still being formed, seen in red tones.


Orion Nebulae  (credit: NASA, JPL, Caltech)

It's worth pondering the scale of Spitzer's vantage. The telescope is nearly 115 million miles from the Earth; Orion is nearly 1500 light years distant, and the image 40 light years across. That's one big gallery of views!

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