What's it?

The Horsehead Nebula (below) is located just below Orion's Belt. It is located about 1500 light years from Earth, and it's about 3.5 light years wide!

The "Horse's Head" is a part of a cloud of swirling dust and gases. You can also see young stars forming inside the horse's head!

Orion is visible from the southern hemisphere in the summer, and the northern hemisphere in the winter.

The Horsehead Nebula
Photo courtesy of NASA, NOAO, ESA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
 

 

 

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