Apex Spectacular Photo of Bright Nebula Near Orion Belt

The Messier 78 nebula (NGC 2068), is often called the reflection nebula, because its dust particles reflect the starlight that falls on them. These pockets of dust typically hide more interesting cosmic objects, but the new photo of Messier 78 and its surroundings demonstrates the beauty of dust particles in space. Dense clouds of gas and dust are important to astronomers because they are the birthplaces of new stars.

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