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The Orion Nebula, as you've never seen it

If you're familiar with the Orion Nebula, here's a new view of it taken by the Gemini's Observatory's new adaptive optics system. In this image, you can see blobs of gas ejected from the nebula: these are known as "Orion Bullets". The new GeMS adaptive optics system creates a constellation of 5 guide stars, which the telescope then uses to distort its mirror system to compensate for atmospheric distortion.

Image credit: Gemini Observatory/AURA

Here's a link to some more pictures from the telescope:
http://www.universetoday.com/99357/the-orion-nebula-as-youve-never-seen-it-before-jaw-dropping-new-image-from-gemini/
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Whoa. Love the detail of what appear to be spikes!
 
I don't recall seeing an image like this ever before ever since I got aquianted with space.
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