Interstellar dust clouds and bright nebulae abound in the fertile constellation of Orion. One of the brightest, M78, is in the center of this image, covering an area north of Orion’s belt. At a distance of about 1,500 light-years, the bluish nebula itself is about 5 light-years across. Its blue tint is due to dust reflecting the blue light of hot, young stars in the region. Dark dust lanes and other nebulae can easily be traced through this gorgeous skyscape. The area on right-top corner is the smaller reflection nebula in the region and is named NGC 2071.
Shot this image over 13 hours (14 images of luminances at 30 minutes & 6 images each of RGB color of 20 minutes each)