Orion Region (H‑a)
Orion is one of the most prominent constellations of the Northern winter nightsky. Beside of the Orion Nebula (M42, NGC 1976), many well known objects can be found in this region. Near the center of the image, the tree stars Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka are building the belt of Orion. The famos Horsehead Nebula (Barnard 33) is just below Alnitak, while the Flame Nebula (NGC 2024) is just above. The Great Orion Nebula (M42, NGC 1976) is visable in the lower middle of the image. The huge glowing cloud in the left part of the image is a part of Barnard’s Loop, including M78.
This image covers about 10x10 degree and is created by assembling a 9 panel mosaic. North is up in this image.