A long thin nebulous region running north to south near Alnitak,
the eastern star of Orion's Belt. IC 434 is
far better known than its Index Catalogue number might suggest - it is the bright background
nebula against which the famous dark region called the
Horsehead stands out.
eSky © copyright Mark Fisher 1999-2015
Image credit: T.A.Rector (NOAO/AURA/NSF) and Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA/NASA)