The Orion Nebula is the nearest star formation region to the Earth and
consequently particularly well studied.
Despite this, star formation is not all that well understood.
While these nebulae themselves are huge (many light years across) a nascent
solar system is tiny by comparison and hence invisible from the Earth.
images below show for the first time small regions
that seem to be on the verge of collapsing into stars and
perhaps planetary systems.
The Orion Nebula is actually just part of a much
larger cloud that covers most of the
constellation of Orion (including the region around the