The constellation of Orion is home to the edge-on spiral galaxy UGC
03214, which is receding from us at the rate of 4840 kilometers per
second (about one-sixtieth the speed of light). The brilliant central
bulge stands in stark contrast to the light-absorbing bands of dust
clouds in the disk. When interpreting observations, astronomers often
need to account for the obscuring and reddening effects of similar dust
clouds in our own galaxy.