*text from back of card* - Scattered throughout the heavens are great clouds of gas and dust known as nebulae. The Orion Nebula, in the constellation Orion, is one of the most beautiful and best known nebula in the night sky.
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The Orion Nebula
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It is a giant cloud of hydrogen gas left over from the formation of our galaxy. In its bright core, newborn stars are still being created as its structure slowly condenses.
The distance of the Orion Nebula is about 1600 light years. This means that the light captured on film to make the photograph began its journey to Earth 1600 years ago. It is 30 light years across, which is more than 20,000 times the diameter of our solar system.
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