Iconic Horsehead Nebula in infrared

Date:13 February 2014 Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Astronomers have used Nasa’s Hubble Space Telescope to photograph the iconic Horsehead Nebula in a new, infrared light.

Looking like an apparition rising from whitecaps of interstellar foam, the iconic nebula has graced astronomy books ever since its discovery more than a century ago. A favourite target for amateur and professional astronomers, it appears transparent and ethereal when seen at infrared wavelengths.

The nebula is part of the Orion Molecular Cloud, located about 1 500 light-years away in the constellation Orion.

Credit: Nasa, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)