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10 dazzling images from the WISE telescope

By: Catie Leary on Jan. 3, 2011, 12:20 p.m.
WISE image of Orion Molecular Cloud

Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/WISE Team

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Orion molecular cloud

Three nebulas contained inside the enormous Orion molecular cloud located 1,500 light-years from Earth are shown in this mosaic WISE image.

The three nebulas include the flame nebula at the center, the horsehead nebula at the lower right side of the vertical dust ridge and nebula NGC 2023, which is the bright circle in the lower half of the image.