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Hubble Views A Stellar Duo In The Orion Nebula

By Keith Cowing
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March 20, 2023
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Hubble Views A Stellar Duo In The Orion Nebula
V 372 Orionis

The bright variable star V 372 Orionis takes center stage in this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, which has also captured a smaller companion star in the upper left of this image.

Both stars lie in the Orion Nebula, a colossal region of star formation roughly 1,450 light-years from Earth.

V 372 Orionis is a particular type of variable star known as an Orion Variable. These young stars experience some tempestuous moods and growing pains, which are visible to astronomers as irregular variations in luminosity.

Orion Variables are often associated with diffuse nebulae, and V 372 Orionis is no exception; the patchy gas and dust of the Orion Nebula pervade this scene.

Image Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Bally, M. Robberto larger image

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