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Light and Shadow around Haro5a | by geckzilla
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Light and Shadow around Haro5a

Just a pretty scene a small distance north of the bright part of the Orion Nebula. Near-infrared imagery allows us to see quite a bit more than we normally might. Almost anything bright you see here is a hole in a denser cloud of dust where stars are forming. The stars blow holes out of the clouds as they are forming, leaving some gaps for light to escape.

 

This is only a single filter image, so none of the color is real. It has only been added for visual interest.

 

All channels: WFC3/IR F160W

 

North is 27.26° clockwise from up.

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Uploaded on February 5, 2019