New view of the Orion Neb­ula

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Brand-new data from the Ata­cama Large Mil­lime­ter/ sub­mil­lime­ter Ar­ray (ALMA), as well as other tele­scopes, has been used to cre­ate this stun­ning image that re­veals web fil­a­ments in the Orion Neb­ula. They might look fiery and red-hot, but in re­al­ity they are so cold that only tele­scopes that op­er­ate in mil­lime­tre-wave­lengths are able to ob­serve them.

The Orion Neb­ula lies about 1,350 light years away from Earth, with this snap in par­tic­u­lar com­bin­ing data not just from ALMA but from the IRAM 30-me­tre te­le­scope (red) and the Eu­ro­pean South­ern Ob­ser­va­tory’s HAWK-I in­stru­ment (blue). The group­ing of bright blue-white stars, vis­i­ble in the up­per left, is the Trapez­ium Clus­ter, which is made up of sear­ing hot, young stars only a few mil­lion years old.

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