In the second section, the Milky Way
is revealed in exquisite detail, from regions where hot, young stars are causing great clouds of gas to glow to others where stars are dying and exploding. Star forming clouds, dark nebulae and reflection nebulae are just some of the images presented in this section. Here we show Messier 78, a reflection nebula in the Orion constellation. Learn more about what creates a reflection nebula, and what we can learn from them.
The Pillars of Creation
is one of the Hubble Space Telescope's most iconic images. In this book we present a new image of this object, and explain the differences between this new image and the one taken in 2014. Messier 78 is a bright reflection nebula in the constellation Orion. We explain what a reflection nebula is, and how they can tell us about the environment in which we find them.
In the third section, our Local Group
, we look at the objects in our neighbourhood. Our Local Group is dominated by our Milky Way and the Andromeda galaxy (Messier 31). This spread shows Supernova 1987A, and also a composite image of Messier 31, visible light has been combined with infrared light and ultraviolet light to learn more about the different environments in this galaxy.