This spectacular color panorama of the center the Orion nebula covers an area of sky about five percent the area covered by the full Moon. The image reveals a churning turbulent star factory within a storm of luminescent gas. This image covers an area 2.5 light-years across. It is a small portion of the entire nebula, but it includes almost all of the light from the bright glowing clouds of gas and a star cluster associated with the nebula. Also known as M42, the Orion Nebula is located approximately 1,300 light-years from Earth in the constellation Orion.