This image was taken on April 9, 1989, 11:09 UT by Mike O'Neal using
gas-hypered 4415 film exposed for 30 minutes with the 0.76-m f/6 reflector.
The Pillars of Creation
An area of the "Star Queen" cluster/nebula made famous by
the image from the Hubble Space Telescope. These pillars of dust and
gas are being blown away by the very hot, luminous young stars embedded
in the cloud from which they were born. Steve Brewster, 4x 5-minutes
exposures added together, 0.76-m f/6 reflector + ST6.
There are about 300 faint stars in the region near the
"Trapezium" cluster (upper right). The bright star near the
center of the image is Theta-2 Orionis and harbors an unseen X-ray source
called 2U0525-06 - a possible "black hole." An interesting
3-D effect occurs because of dark clouds of dust and gas that obscure
the more distant stars and brightly glowing gas of the Orion Nebula.