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Horsehead Region of Orion

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Observer
Pete Lawrence
Time of observation
02/12/2016 - 23:40
Observing location
West Sussex, UK
Equipment
Atik 314L + CCD
Exposure
120 x 60 secs
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This region of Orion, near to the belt stars, is seething with nebulae and star formation regions.  It is responsive to wide field and narrow field imaging and this wide field image by Pete Lawrence captures several of the key areas of interest in this active part of the sky.  See if you can see the flame nebula with your binocular.  The "Horsehead", also known as Barnard 33, is an area of dark gas which is being "squeezed" out of the gaseous reef by radiation from the active stars embedded within it.

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