Messier 78
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Messier 78

March 31, 2003
Atlas Image mosaic, covering 33.3´ × 46.1´ on the sky, of the reflection nebulae NGC 2068 and 2071, comprising Messier 78 (M78). This complex is located in the LDN 1630 (Orion B) cloud, at a distance of about 400 pc (1300 light years). Reflection nebulae, particularly in the optical, are dusty regions that scatter and reflect the light from typically bright, hot, blue stars within the regions. They are commonly associated with molecular clouds and the dusty sites of active star formation. 2000 Jan 19-25

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