I’ve always been fascinated by the interplay of dust and light in the night sky. Few objects put this on display like M78. The bright blue stars seem to be pushing against their birth shrouds while the dust seems to move in tendrils around them.
Photons captured in Simpson, North Carolina, in November, December 2015, and January 2016. The exposures were collected over a total of 23.7 hours.
4 panel mosaic
This 4 panel mosaic includes M78 at center and NGC2017 at top left. These blue reflection nebulae are in the constellation Orion at a distance of 1600 light years.