The Constellation Orion

Whilst searching at these Messier objects, verify out Messier 78 on the opposite side of the belt. This nebula is unusual for becoming a reflection nebula rather than an emission nebula, lit by reflected starlight rather than glowing itself through the effects of stellar emissions. The “middle star” in Orion’s sword, Theta Orionis, is swathed in nebulosity, glowing from the radiation of the hot young stars it contains. The Hubble…Read More