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Telescope Reveals Spectacular 'Fiery Ribbon' in Orion Nebula (Photos)

A telescope in Chile has captured stunning new photos of a cosmic ribbon shimmering in the Orion nebula more than 1,000 light-years from Earth. Full story

Cosmic 'bullets' slam Orion nebula

Astronomers have unveiled a spectacular new photo of cosmic "bullets" slicing through thick gas clouds at supersonic speeds in the famed Orion nebula. Full story

Orion Nebula's Young Stars Offer Glimpse of Stellar Puberty

Astronomers have spotted a swarm of young stars in the famous Orion nebula in the midst of their growing pains — a turbulent phase when the fledgling stars mature into adulthood. Full story

Hunting Orion: Tips to Spot a Famous Constellation

The constellation Orion is perhaps the best known pattern in the night sky, rivaling the Big Dipper in fame, and the month of December is a great time for observers to reacquaint themselves with this celestial gem. Full story

Nebula's cool, dusty clouds exposed

A stunning new image of the Carina nebula reveals cold, dusty cosmic clouds where violent and dynamic star formation is taking place. Full story

Orion can be your guide to the stars of winter

After the Big Dipper, probably the best known grouping of stars in the sky is the constellation Orion. Lying on the celestial equator, Orion is an "equal opportunity" constellation, visible from all parts of the world except for the extreme polar regions. Full story

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An APEX view of star formation in the Orion Nebula
An APEX view of star formation in the Orion Nebula

epa03701055 A handout picture released by the European Southern Observatory on 15 May 2013 shows a dramatic new image of cosmic clouds in the constellation of Orion reveals what seems to be a fiery ribbon in the sky. The orange glow represents faint light coming from grains of cold interstellar dus

Orion Nebula
Orion Nebula

This new view of the Orion Nebula, incorporating infrared observations made by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope and the European Space Agency's Herschel telescope, highlights fledgling stars hidden in the gas and clouds.

Three views of Orion Nebula
Three views of Orion Nebula

These images show the Orion Nebula as seen by the Hubble Space Telescope in visible light , the European Southern Observatory in near-infrared wavelengths and the SOFIA airborne observatory in mid-infrared wavelengths . Credits for the visible-light image: NASA/ESA/HST/AURA/STScI/O’Dell & Wong. Nea