Orion Nebula
Orion Nebula
Image from Steve Bowers
The Orion Nebula is constantly changing on a very slow timescale

Vast nebula located some 1340 LY from Sol, known since the Information Age to be an active source of star, brown dwarf, and planetary formation. The many young hot stars and vast regions of interstellar dust and gas make this an attractive area for many unusual clades and civilizations.

Part of the larger Orion Molecular Cloud complex, a massive region of star formation that gives the Orion Arm its name.

The Orion Nebula is currently a central part of the Orion Federation.
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 17 December 2001.