James Webb Space Telescope sees the Orion Nebula in a stunning new light (images)

Three images of regions of the Orion Nebula captured by the JWST showing the familar star forming region in a vibrant new light

The Orion Nebula may be a well-known and well-studied celestial object, but new images from the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) show this star-forming cloud of gas and dust in an incredibly new and vibrant light.

The Orion Nebula, also known as “Messier 42” (M42), is located about 1,500 light-years from Earth toward the constellation Orion. This makes it the closest major star-forming and stellar nursery to our solar system.

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