Orion Nebula: Modern digital cameras can detect light too faint for the naked human eye. In rendering this information as an image we can understand, astronomy photographers must make practical and aesthetic choices about contrast, brightness and colour. Here, the photographer has chosen a subdued palette to emphasise the delicate structure of the nebula’s dust clouds
This spectacular colour panorama of the centre the Orion nebula is one of the largest pictures ever assembled from individual images taken with the Hubble Space Telescope. The picture, seamlessly composited from a mosaic of 15 separate fields, covers an area of sky about five percent the area covered by the full Moon.