The Orion Nebula offers another possibility for a great NASA inspired color scheme. This photo mesmerizes – stare into the beautiful colors with those pinks, greens, corals, lavenders, siennas.  Actually the array of colors is so intense that it is hypnotizing.  What a beautiful photo to have hanging in your home office. And using these color schemes would ensure a stress-free working environment. Take a look at the variety of color schemes derived from this gorgeous photo.

Orion Nebula

Orion Nebula

Orion Nebula

Facts about the Orion Nebula

The Mayan Culture thought of the Orion Nebula as the “cosmic fire of creation.”  Well known to many cultures throughout the history of man, the nebula is a mere 1,500 light-years away. Thus, it is the closest large star-forming region to Earth. Viewed with the naked eye, find this constellation just below Orion’s belt. Even better, the nebula offers incredible beauty through a telescope.

The enormous nebula contains clouds of dust and gas where huge numbers of new stars are being created. Four massive, young stars comprise the bright, central region shaping the nebula. Those four stars arranged in a trapezoidal pattern are aptly called the Trapezium.  These stars unleash ultraviolet light, carving a cavity in the nebula that disrupts the growth of hundreds of smaller stars.

The above Hubble image offers the clearest view of the Orion Nebula ever obtained. Five hundred and twenty different Hubble exposures taken in multiple wavelengths of light went into this mosaic photo, actually containing over one billion pixels.  The green in the image represents oxygen, orange caused by hydrogen, and red represented by sulfur and infrared light.

Finding the Orion Nebula

The Orion Nebula can be viewed by the human eye, if you know where to look.  First, locate the constellation Orion at the appropriate time of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere, look for Orion in the winter months. Look for Orion during summer months in the Southern hemisphere.  At the correct time of year, find three medium-bright stars in a short, straight row representing Orion’s Belt. Then look closely to find a curved line of stars “hanging” from the three Belt stars. These stars represent Orion’s Sword. The Orion Nebula can be found about midway down in the Sword of Orion. Generally, the higher the Orion constellation is in the sky, the easier to see it. In the Northern Hemisphere, Orion is due south and highest in the sky about midnight in middle December.  Look for Orion on a dark, cloudless night.

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