Tuesday, February 8, 2011

The Orion Nebula

This is an image of the Orion Nebula from the European Southern Observatory. The ESO reports,

This ethereal-looking image of the Orion Nebula was captured using the Wide Field Imager on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at the La Silla Observatory, Chile. This nebula is much more than just a pretty face, offering astronomers a close-up view of a massive star-forming region to help advance our understanding of stellar birth and evolution.