The Orion Nebula

Deep inside the colourful clouds of gas and dust, new stars are born. The Orion nebula is the nearest star-forming region, "only" about 1500 light years away from us. Normally, the light from newborn stars is blocked out by the gas in the surrounding nebula, but the hot, young stars in Orion have blown away part of the gas and are now exposed. We can therefore study these young stars and find out more about the process of star formation.