“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” -William Shakespeare
But in the case of Orion, it's great because of not only how it was born, but where and when: recently, and so close to us! And that makes our views of not only the main nebula fantastic, but also of its smaller companion.
It's all part of the great Orion molecular cloud complex, but somehow the smaller region illuminated by a single bright, young giant star has -- in many ways -- even more to offer than the larger, grander nebula we're most familiar with.
Somebody clearly left-right inverted one of the images surrounding "But a multi-wavelength view ..." (probably the altervista one).
Thanks for the wonderful series of "Messier Monday's" I have enjoyed every single one.
Thanks, Ethan, for all your time & efforts to give all of your readers something to take home & think about. I'm sure the next series will be most informative as this has been.
One thing about science is 'there is always something new to learn, discover, and ponder'.
And a belated thank-you as well. The diversity of those fuzzy things in the sky was amazing.