M78 May 24, 2006Posted by jtintle in M78, Nebula, Orion's Belt, Space Fotos.
M78 (also known as NGC 2068) is a reflection nebula in the Orion constellation. Hot young stars in the nebula's center illuminate the surrounding gas. Further out, dark clouds of dust prevent much of the scattered light from reaching us, creating a complex pattern of light and shadow. This star-forming region is only about 100,000 years old.