I spent several evenings imaging this target to bring out the detail that surrounds the horse, including wispy filaments of interstellar dust and the rippling red curtain behind it.
A black and white image of the Horsehead nebula and nearby NGC2023.
To bring in 2023, I took a high resolution of NGC2023, an often overlooked nebulae that sprawls just beneath the famous Horsehead nebula (IC434.
Beautiful and brilliant colors abound in the swirls of intergalactic dust lit by stellar jewels in the region of constellation Orion's belt.
IC434 illuminates the nearby Horsehead Nebula that rears its head in silhouette. Dominating left is the triple star system Alnitak with its main superhot blue giant centerpiece that adorns the undulating waves of NGC2024, the Flame Nebula.
The Easternmost jewel on Orion's belt is brilliant Alnitak, a bright star that bombards NGC 2024 The Flame Nebula with ultraviolet light, causing the gases to glow and form a brilliant orange flame. Nearby, a cloud of dust is illuminated from behind by emission nebula IC434 to create a strikingly horsehead-like silhouette.