M78, NGC2068 August 21, 2006Posted by jtintle in Deep Space, Space Fotos.
Tags: AURA, constellation Orion, Heidi Schweiker, Kitt Peak, M78, Mayall 4-meter telescope, Mosaic imager, NOAO, NSF, Travis Rector, University of Alaska - Anchorage
T. Rector/University of Alaska Anchorage, H. Schweiker and NOAO/AURA/NSF
This image of M78, the brightest diffuse reflection nebula in the sky, was taken in 2006 with the Mosaic imager on the Mayall 4-meter telescope on Kitt Peak. Located some 1600 light-years away and around 4 light-years across, M78 is part of the Orion complex, a large region of star-forming gas and dust.