Fantastic Hubble Telescope Photographs: The Orion Nebula

Hubble Telescope Photographs Orion Nebula

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Dubbed the Orion Nebula, this particular nebula is among the brightest in our night sky and one of the most widely studied nebula in the history of the science. Situated near Orion’s Belt constellation (where it is visible to the naked eye as the middle star in Orion’s sword), the Orion Nebula is home to thousands of stars, all in various stages of life. It has been speculated that human civilizations as early as the Mayans were aware of the nebula and included it in their myths.

The Eagle Nebula

The Eagle Nebula

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Discovered over the course of the years 1745 and 1746 by French astronomer Philippe de Cheseaux, the Eagle Nebula pictured here is part of the Pillars of Creation that was first photographed by the Hubble telescope in 1995. Some scientists have speculated that the nebula may, in fact, no longer have its distinctive shape thanks to a 2007 supernova explosion in its vicinity. However, no one is sure what shape the nebula may have taken due to the time it takes for the light to reach our planet.

Fantastic Hubble Telescope Photographs: Carina Nebula

Carina Nebula Fantastic Hubble Telescope Photographs

Source: Hubble Site

Found in the sky of Earth’s southern hemisphere, the Carina Nebula is another of the largest and most visible objects in the night sky. Located within the Carina constellation and in our own Milky Way galaxy, the nebula holds the distinction of being home to two of the most massive starts in our galaxy. The portion of the nebula pictured above is but a small part of the overall nebula which is, in fact, larger than the more popular Orion Nebula.

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