The Orion constellation is undoubtedly my favorite region in the night skies, rich with emission and reflection nebulas. Let’s begin this series by looking at the Orion Molecular Cloud Complex (or a portion thereof). This region, also known as simply the Orion Complex, is one of the most active star-forming regions visible in the night sky. It is located between 1,000 and 1,400 light years away from Earth, and hundreds of lights years across.
The Orion Complex is made up 5 designated cloud groups – Orion A molecular cloud, Orion B molecular cloud, OB1 molecular cloud, Lambda molecular ring, and Orion-Eridanus superbubble. This image features components of Orion A [Great Orion Nebula (M42) and Running Man Nebula (Sh2-279), which are part of Orion’s sword], Orion B [Flame Nebula (NGC 2024), Horsehead Nebula (IC 434)], and OB1, which includes the three bright stars that makes up Orion’s Belt.
We will continue to explore the beauties in the Orion Constellation, but in the meantime, remember to look up and experience an amazing Universe!
Gear: AA Hypercam 26C, Askar FMA180, iOption Skyguider Pro, SVbony Ha 7nm; Canon 77D for RGB
Ha: 75 @60 seconds; RGB: 15 @180 seconds (combined HaRGB)
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