NASA Night Sky Notes Monthly Article

NASA Night Sky Notes Monthly Article

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image of the constellation Orion; left hand side is visible light, and the right hand version is an infrared image full of star forming activity
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December 2019 Edition
The Orion Nebula: Windows Into a Stellar Nursery
Updated  November 19, 2019

December brings both winter and the early evening appearance of one of the most famous constellations in the sky: Orion! Find out how the Orion Nebula gives us a peek into a much larger region of starbirth, and how NASA's space telescopes help uncover more than meets the eye in this edition of Night Sky Notes.

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