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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

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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

The Rosette Nebula lies at a distance of 5,000 light-years from Earth, and measures roughly 50 light years in diameter.

The Rosette Nebula lies at a distance of 5,000 light-years from Earth, and measures roughly 50 light years in diameter.

Maelstrom of Star Birth Name: Messier 42, Orion Nebula Type: • Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation • X - Nebulae Images Distance: 1400 light years Credit: NASA, ESA

Maelstrom of Star Birth Name: Messier 42, Orion Nebula Type: • Milky Way : Nebula : Type : Star Formation • X - Nebulae Images Distance: 1400 light years Credit: NASA, ESA

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.

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.

This version of Paintpot allows you to draw circles and lines on a ... Really slick!

This version of Paintpot allows you to draw circles and lines on a ... Really slick!

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