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Flame Nebula and the Horsehead Nebula

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From Nat Geo:

Photograph by NASA, JPL-Caltech

This infrared image of the Flame Nebula (center) and its surroundings showcases a familiar sight in a new light. The Horsehead Nebula, usually spied using visible light, appears in this case as a wispy, orange-brown arc rising from the green cloud on the right.

The Flame Nebula sits about 1,200 light-years away from Earth within the constellation Orion. The smaller glowing blob between the Flame and the Horsehead is a third nebula, NGC 2023.

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