The Orion Nebula and its surroundings

The Orion Nebula is an HII region that is embedded in a giant molecular cloud complex. It can easily be seen with a small telescope, embedded in the belt of Orion's sword. The four bright stars at its center are called the Trapezium. The stars in the Orion Nebular Cluster are nearby, at distances of 350 to 500 pc.

Here are some links to images of Orion:

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