The Orion A molecular cloud (for comparison)

This image from the VISTA infrared survey telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in northern Chile is part of the largest infrared high-resolution mosaic of Orion ever created. It covers the Orion A molecular cloud, the nearest known massive star factory, lying about 1350 light-years from Earth, and reveals many young stars and other objects normally buried deep inside the dusty clouds.

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ESO/VISION survey

About the Image

Id:eso1701-compa
Type:Observation
Release date:4 January 2017, 12:00
Size:30000 x 17486 px

About the Object

Name:Orion Molecular Cloud
Type:Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation
Distance:1400 light years
Constellation:Orion
Category:Nebulae

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Coordinates

Position (RA):5 36 20.96
Position (Dec):-6° 0' 37.19"
Field of view:220.10 x 128.29 arcminutes
Orientation:North is 116.3° left of vertical

 

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