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In the night sky: Orion
In the night sky: Orion

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Figure 30 The Orion constellation with the Great Orion Nebula, Horsehead Nebula, dust clouds and interstellar gas visible behind.

Over the past four weeks, you’ve learned about the constellation of Orion and some of the different stars that make up the constellation.

You have seen that the Orion Nebula is a vast cloud of gas and dust in which new stars are being born and have discovered how stars form, and what happens to them as they age and die. You’ve also looked back in time to see how the Universe came into being, and what happens when a star gets close to a black hole.

We hope that you have enjoyed learning about the night sky, and will always be able to look up and recognise Orion as a friend.

We would love to know what you thought of the course and what you plan to do next. Whether you studied each week or dipped in and out, please take our Open University end-of-course survey [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] . Your feedback is anonymous but will have massive value to us in improving what we deliver.