M78: New KPNO 4-m image of M78

M78, KPNO 4-m Mayall Telescope

This image of M78, the brightest diffuse reflection nebula in the sky, was taken in 2006 with the Mosaic imager on the Mayall 4-meter telescope on Kitt Peak. Located some 1600 light-years away and around 4 light-years across, M78 is part of the Orion complex, a large region of star-forming gas and dust.

Credit: T. Rector/University of Alaska Anchorage, H. Schweiker and NOAO/AURA/NSF



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