The Horsehead Nebula is a dark nebula in the constellation Orion. The nebula is located just to the south of the star Alnitak, which is farthest east on Orion’s Belt, and is part of the much larger Orion Molecular Cloud Complex.
Distance to Earth: 1,500 light years
Coordinates: RA 5h 40m 59s | Dec -2° 27′ 30″
Radius: 3.5 ly
Apparent dimensions (V): 8 × 6 arcmins
Designations: Barnard 33, LDN 1630
Notable features: Resembles a horse’s head