From Earth to the Universe: Picture of the day


The Orion Nebula is situated south of the "belt" of three stars in the constellation bearing the same name. This is one of the brightest nebulae (a huge cloud of gas and dust) and is visible to the naked eye on clear, dark nights. This infrared image shows young stars forming and the heated gas filaments surrounding them. It was taken using the United Kingdom Infrared Telescope on Mauna Kea in Hawai'i.

Credit: Chris J. Davis, Joint Astronomy Centre.

In 2009, the "From Earth to the Universe" project brought astronomy to millions of people around the world. Take a tour of just some of the locations in a short video on the FETTU Highlights page.