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In the Center of the Trapezium

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In the Center of the Trapezium


Explanation:
Start with the constellation of Orion.

Near Orion's belt is a fuzzy area known as the
Great Nebula of Orion or
M42.

In this nebula is a bright
star cluster known as the
Trapezium, shown above.

New stellar systems are forming there in gigantic globs of gas and
dust known as Proplyds.

Looking closely at the
above picture also reveals
that gas and dust surrounding some of the
dimmer stars
appears to form structures that point away from the
brighter stars.

The above false color image was made by combining
several exposures from the orbiting
Hubble Space
Telescope
.




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