Orion Nebula’s shell is leaking gas and dust from a newly discovered tear

The Orion Nebula, a famous star-forming region in the constellation Orion, appears to be leaking gas and dust from a tear in its gaseous shell discovered by NASA’s flying telescope SOFIA. 

This expanding shell, known as Orion’s Veil, originates in the winds that blow from a massive group of stars within the nebula called the Trapezium Cluster. The winds stir dust and gas, creating a bubble around the nebula that is expanding toward Earth, according to a statement (opens in new tab) from the Universities Space Research Association (USRA). 

Originally published at www.space.com

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