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January 11, 2006 10:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2006-01

Hubble Panoramic View of Orion Nebula Reveals Thousands of Stars

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Image: "The Orion Nebula" - Handout

"The Orion Nebula" - Handout

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This dramatic image offers a peek inside a cavern of roiling dust and gas where thousands of stars are forming. The image, taken by the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, represents the sharpest view ever taken of this region, called the Orion Nebula. More than 3,000 stars of various sizes appear in this image. Some of the stars have never been seen in visible light.

Object Names: Orion Nebula, M42, NGC 1976

Image Type: Astronomical/Miscellaneous

Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Feild (STScI)

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