CREDIT: NASA/Hubble

 

This is the little brother to the famous Orion Nebula. Known as Messier 43 (or M43) this nebula is part of the Orion molecular cloud complex located some 1400 light-years away in the constellation Orion.

 

M43 is separated from the Orion nebula by only a dark lane of dust. Also a star-forming region, in this impressive Hubble close-up, we can see some of our galaxies newest stars and the stellar cocoons where even newer stars will one day ignite.


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