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Alnitak , Alnilam ,and Mintaka ,are the bright bluish starsfrom east to west (lower right to upper left) along the diagonal in this cosmic vista .Otherwise known as the Belt of Orion ,these three blue supergiant stars are hotter and much moremassive than the Sun.They lie from 800 to 1,500light-years away , born of Orion's well-studied interstellar clouds.In fact, clouds of gas and dust adrift in this region havesome surprisingly familiar shapes, including the dark Horsehead Nebulaand Flame Nebula nearAlnitak at the lower right.The famous Orion Nebulaitself is off the right edge of this colorful starfield.This well-framed, 2-panel telescopic mosaicspans about 4 degrees on the sky .

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