Space Photo Of The Day: Horse Head Nebula

Posted: Updated:
Print Article

Space photo of the day today is the Horse Head Nebula, so called because it vaguely resembles an abstract impression of a chessboard's bishop.

The magnificent dark swirl set against a pink background is of course not how the Horse Head appears to the naked eye. This beautiful shot is a composite of three exposures, each a represented by different colours, red, green and blue, bringing us this pretty result.

The Horse Head Nebula is in the Orion constellation, approximately 1500 light years from earth.

Photo credit: ESO

See more space photos of the day in our space section.

Around the Web

Picture of the Day - The Horsehead Nebula | International Space ...

Great Orion and Horsehead Nebulas - Earth Science Picture of the ...

Horsehead Nebula - Earth Science Picture of the Day

Horsehead nebula « Space Photos

NASA - Horsehead Nebula

EPOD: Wide Field Image of the Horsehead Nebula

Horsehead Nebula (04/24/01) | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Hubble Horsehead Nebula Photo - Hubble Space Images

Filed by Melanie Hick