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Orion Nebula

noun, Astronomy.
a luminous nebula in the constellation Orion, in the center of Orion's sword.
Also called Great Nebula of Orion. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The Orion Nebula is receding from the earth about eleven miles in every second.

    Astronomy David Todd
  • Fifty-five lines have been photographed in the spectrum of the Orion Nebula.

    History of Astronomy George Forbes
  • Simon Mayer has left us the first drawing of a nebula, the Orion Nebula as he saw it in 1612.

    Astronomy David Todd
  • The first promising autographic picture of the Orion Nebula was obtained by Draper, September 30, 1880.

  • A slight yet distinct tinge of green, recalling that of the Orion Nebula, gives a peculiar appearance to this couple.

    Pleasures of the telescope Garrett Serviss
  • For instance, he thought the Orion Nebula, which is now known to be made up of glowing gas, to be an external stellar system.

    Astronomy of To-day Cecil G. Dolmage

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