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M43: A Miniature Orion Nebula

M43: A Miniature Orion Nebula


Date: 10 January 2006
Satellite: Hubble Space Telescope
Depicts: Orion Nebula, M42, M43
Copyright: NASA, ESA, M. Robberto (Space Telescope Science Institute/ESA) and the Hubble Space Telescope Orion Treasury Project Team

A massive star is illuminating this small region, called M43, and sculpting the landscape of dust and gas. Astronomers call the area a miniature Orion Nebula because of its small size and the single star that is shaping it. The Orion Nebula itself is much larger and has four hefty stars that are carving the dust-and-gas terrain.

Last Update: 1 September 2019
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