Orion Nebula

A cloud of dust and gas 1500 light-years away.

Interesting Objects outside our Solar System!

Find the Trapezium, four stars in a small dark area of the nebula (high in the sky January through March). The Orion Nebula is a diffuse nebula situated in the Milky Way, being south of Orion's Belt in the constellation of Orion. It is one of the brightest nebulae, and is visible to the naked eye in the night sky.

Andromeda Galaxy

Spiral galaxy similar to the Milky Way. Can you see the oval shape? (October through December) The Andromeda Galaxy, also known as Messier 31, M31, or NGC 224, is a spiral galaxy approximately 780 kiloparsecs from Earth. It is the nearest major galaxy to the Milky Way and was often referred to as the Great Andromeda Nebula in older texts.

The Galaxy We Live In!

The Milky Way

The Milky Way is the galaxy that contains our Solar System. Its name "milky" is derived from its appearance as a dim glowing band arching across the night sky whose individual stars cannot be distinguished by the naked eye.