“Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and others have greatness thrust upon them.” –William Shakespeare
But in the case of Orion, it’s great because of not only how it was born, but where and when: recently, and so close to us! And that makes our views of not only the main nebula fantastic, but also of its smaller companion.
It’s all part of the great Orion molecular cloud complex, but somehow the smaller region illuminated by a single bright, young giant star has — in many ways — even more to offer than the larger, grander nebula we’re most familiar with.